The moment you get your FruitStand package of exceptional quality cherimoya (thanks to the small family farms we partner with), you’re gonna want to get right down to work! Cherimoya is affectionately known by many names: the custard apple, "the most delicious fruit known to men" and dragon’s egg to name a few. Whatever you call it, you’ll want to know how to eat it. Immediately. It’s one fruit kids and adults will absolutely love!
To know the flavor of cherimoya is to love it - almost to the point of obsession. It’s nature’s green egg-shaped creme brulee! Cherimoya is the favorite fruit of many because of the unique, creamy and custardy texture of its flesh and how it tastes. The flavor will bring to mind a mildly tropical, pastry creme taste of banana, papaya, pear, pineapple and coconut.
It’s important to know that cherimoya seeds are hard, inedible and known to be toxic. Luckily they’re on the large side, making the seeds easy to find and remove. Be sure to completely remove all seeds before eating cherimoya, particularly when serving it to children adding it to a smoothie.
Preparing cherimoya is easy, but takes a little patience and a sense of humor. There’s no graceful way to eat cherimoya; there are hard, inedible seeds to separate and flan-like fruit to slurp up. That’s what makes cherimoya so special to enjoy with kids and loved ones who won’t judge you for getting a little messy in the presence of exquisite fruit.
Cherimoya can be eaten raw (without the seeds) or cooked into sweet and savory recipes alike. Add pitted cherimoya flesh to your morning granola, or evening ice cream! Raw cherimoya fruit is also a decadent addition to salads, pastries, desserts and drinks. Check out FruitStand’s collection of cherimoya recipes (like an easy cherimoya ice cream - no special equipment required!) for more ideas on how to eat this legendary fruit.
The first time you see one of these dragon egg-looking fruits you may wonder just how to eat a cherimoya. The cherimoya peel has a lot of texture but is surprisingly easy to cut with a sharp knife. Here is the easiest, most common way to to slice a cherimoya:
Once you’ve prepared cherimoya and somehow managed to hold back from devouring it, here are some great ways to add cooked cherimoya into more recipes.
Cherimoya has a short shelf life. Luckily, we have tips to help you enjoy your cherimoya at peak deliciousness for longer.
We hope you feel like a cherimoya eating expert now! Show us your favorite ways to prepare and eat cherimoya by tagging us @Fruitstandcom in your culinary masterpieces on Instagram!