The cherimoya is heart-shaped, with a white grainy flesh that has a delicious creamy, sweet vanilla flavour, often likened to custard. The fist-sized fruit has smooth green leathery skin, marked with what looks like indented fingerprints. The fruit contains inedible shiny black seeds.

The cherimoya originates from South America, specifically the part of the Andes between Colombia and Bolivia, at an altitude of 1000 to 2000 metres. The Incas named them love-fruit due to their heart-shape.

CHERIMOYA (CUSTARD APPLE) are classed as a fruit.


Eat as it is, or puree and used as a dessert topping. Try chilling the fruit in the freezer until icy-cold and eat like ice-cream.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 17 kcal, 72 kJ; protein 0.2g; carbohydrate 4.4g; fat 0.1g.


To eat a cherimoya, cut in half down the length of the fruit and eat the creamy white flesh with a spoon, discarding the seeds and skin.


Store at room temperature.


Choose firm fruit and avoid any that are overly brown. Allow to ripen for 2-3 days at room temperature - ripe fruits give to gentle pressure. Cherimoya only keep for a couple of days once ripe.

Fun Fact

The cherimoya tree is called the tree of ice-cream due to the flavour of its fruit.  Cherimoya is also called the sherbet fruit because of its natural sherbet texture when chilled.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.