Healthy living

Custard apple or cherimoya

Resembles a pine cone and has grey-green, scaly skin. The soft white pulp inside has large black, inedible seeds and tastes like a creamy blend of tropical flavours. Eat on its own or in combination with other fruits, puree as a drink, in cake recipes and ice-cream.


  • African Pride: light green with paler green between the nodules. Nodules are small and prominent.
  • Pink’s Mammoth: light yellow/green colour with creaminess between the nodules, has large, smooth nodules.


Ripe custard apples yield slightly when gently squeezed, avoid dark blemishes. Select fruit that is heavy for its size.


Hard custard apples should be stored at room temperature until they soften, then refrigerate. The fruit bruises easily.


Remove skin and seeds and discard.

Serving suggestion

Exotic fruit sorbet: Freeze for 30 minutes and eat like a sorbet.

Exotic fruit salad: Combine equal parts custard apple, strawberries, bananas, and pineapple.

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