We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are Cherimoyas?

By Garry Crystal
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Cherimoyas are a very unusual type of fruit, native to the Andes mountain range in South America. The mountain area stretches from Colombia to Bolivia. Cherimoya is an Inca word meaning “cold breast”. The fruit is so called because the Incas used cherimoyas to pacify children. There are only a few places in the world with the correct temperature, marine moisture and climate to grow this fruit.

Cherimoyas need a great deal of care to be able to thrive. They require hand pollinating, delicate handling and careful monitoring. They do not thrive in places that have fluctuations in temperature or heavy winds and harsh sunlight. Cherimoyas are now cultivated in certain parts of Southern California.

Cherimoyas have a very unusual appearance; they look almost prehistoric. They have a velvety flesh that combines the flavors of banana, strawberry and pineapple. The cherimoya is also considered to be a very romantic fruit due to its heart shaped appearance. The Incas considered it to be an aphrodisiac, and it is said to improve fertility.

The cherimoya season extends from January through June. You will know when they are ripe because they are slightly soft to the touch. They are quick to ripen at room temperature and should be checked frequently to avoid over-ripening. Ripe fruits are black-green and soft to the touch, like pears or avocados. If they are not eaten when ripe, it is best to store cherimoyas in a refrigerator, where they can be kept for two to four days.

You can eat a cherimoya by slicing it in half or into wedges. Then, simply scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Some cherimoya experts add a dash of lime to heighten the sweetness of the fruit. You should never eat the skin or the seeds. Cherimoyas are rich in calcium, vitamin C and niacin.

Cherimoyas are delicious when used to make fruit smoothies or mixed with yogurt or ice cream. They are also perfect to mix into fruit salads with other fruits. Many people find eating cherimoyas while drinking wine exquisite, as the taste is very complimentary. Whichever way you eat the cherimoya, it has one of the most delicious and sophisticated flavors available.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.