How to Choose a Cherimoya
Cherimoyas are my favorite tropical fruit. Originally grown by Inca farmers in Ecuador and Peru, cherimoyas are now savored throughout the world. Cherimoya is truly one of the most exquisite fruits that exist, and it tastes like a blend of pineapple, mango, and strawberry. On top of exceptional flavor, cherimoyas are also loaded with nutrients. According to nutritiondata.com, cherimoyas are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Niacin, Calcium, and Iron. Cherimoyas also contain dietary fibers that help to guard the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to poisonous substances by holding cancer-causing chemicals in the bowel. Cherimoyas are very delicate and are exported on a small scale. Be sure to take advantage of this remarkable fruit when it is in season. Follow the simple guidelines below to learn how to masterfully choose a quality cherimoya every time.
What to look for: To choose a ripe cherimoya, squeeze it gently with your fingers, being careful not to bruise the fruit. When ripe, cherimoyas give to gentle pressure, similar to a pear or an avocado. Cherimoyas remain green even when ripe, so for best quality choose the brightest green colored one and avoid the brown or black ones. A slight tint of yellow is a sign of ripeness. Look for cherimoyas that feel heavy for their size. Cherimoyas should have few discolorations, a relatively thin skin, and little or no smell. Regardless of its size, each cherimoya has approximately the same amount of seeds, for this reason the larger ones will be less seedy. Always choose large cherimoyas to get the most tasty bites in-between the seeds.
What to avoid: Steer clear of cherimoyas with hard or dry spots as well as a sour smell. Small, gray-black cherimoyas with rusty-colored areas around the stem area are likely to be fermented and should also be avoided.
Storage: Cherimoyas are a tropical fruit, so they are very susceptible to chill damage if they get too cold. Refrigeration is not advised. These fruits are best stored at room temperature, and will typically keep up to five days. Cherimoyas ripen quicker than most fruits. They need to be consumed quickly upon ripening. You may slice your cherimoya into wedges and enjoy it as you would an orange, or can peel and seed it, and enjoy the ivory-colored flesh with a spoon. Inside, cherimoya has the creamy consistency of a ripe peach, and it will “melt” in your mouth. Cherimoyas contain a good amount of black inedible seeds, that you will have to work around, but this will be well worth the work.
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