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Buying Tips

Purchase fruit that’s firm, heavy for its size, and free of skin blemishes.


Originally from South America, cherimoya is now grown in other regions with suitable growing conditions, such as New Zealand and California. It is often confused with custard fruit (A. reticulata), another fruit in the same family.

The most common varieties grown in California are:


Features a smooth creamy pulp, moderate number of seeds and durable skin


Fragile, but very sweet


Heavy, sweet fruit


Moderately sweet, with a moderate to low seed count

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