While in California this week, Eddie and I bought one of these from a local fruit stand. I had no idea what it was, had never heard of it before and based on the description from the guy working the fruit stand, wasn't even sure I wanted to try it.
But I had to. So we bought one. Not cheap, I might add. This one piece of fruit, the size of a large orange, was $2.50. But adventure is usually worth the price, right? And what's $2.50? It's half a cup of coffee these days.
Do you have any idea what this might be? I'm thinking if you don't know, you'll never guess. I looked at it like it fell from outer space. OK, I won't keep you in suspense any longer.
It's called a Cherimoya.
Native to the Andean-highland valleys of Chile, Ecuador and Peru, the only place this fruit is grown in the United States is California. Mark Twain called it "the most delicious fruit known to men."
One exotic fruit website described it as "...a mouthwateringly delicious, sweet, creamy, subtropical fruit combining the exotic flavors of pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, banana, mango and lemon into one luscious delight..." They also had a piece of it priced at $14.99, on sale for $9.99. One piece. I guess I got a real deal on mine.
Eddie and I tasted it and agree with the decription. When you cut it open, it looks exactly as it does in that picture (not taken by me). You just scoop out the fruit with a spoon. It has an interesting texture; kinda like a ripe banana but a little firmer and kinda like a Bartlett pear but a little mushier. When looking up recipes for it on Food Network, to see if it's ever used, I only found three; this one looked pretty good.
If you're interested in knowing more about this ugly little exotic fruit, click HERE.
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