Cherimoya (Custard Apple)
FRUIT-CHERI-1-5Regular price $25.00
Tropical Cherimoya fruit is a creamy, sweet taste sensation. Mark Twain once called it "the most delicious fruit known to men". In the wild, untamed trees can grow to epic heights, but homegrown specimens can be pruned or espaliered to manage size.
Urban Bounty Cherimoya are young plants. They come in a 2 litre pot.
What is Cherimoya (Custard Apple)?
Cherimoya (Annona cherimola) trees are thought to have originated in South America, but are now grown in many subtropical/tropical regions around the world. This tree is fast growing and dense with low, spreading branches. The foliage is dark green and velvety. The aromatic flowers have green outer and pink inner petals. Cherimoya fruit is large and cone-shaped with scaly skin and a creamy centre.
Plant Cherimoya in your medium-large tropical garden and delicious supply of tropical summer fruit! Cherimoya do better in the ground, but it is possible to grow them in a half wine barrel.
Culinary uses for Cherimoya (Custard Apple)
Cherimoya have an intense fruity smell and a sweet but refreshing tropical taste. The edible part is the creamy filling inside (this has a pear-like texture). The skins and seeds shouldn't be eaten.
Cherimoya is often eaten with a spoon, or sliced and served chilled like custard (hence the name 'Custard Apple'). It is the perfect addition to a tropical fruit salad, smoothie, or yoghurt. Store harvested fruit at room temperature until soft, then refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Growing Conditions - Cherimoya (Custard Apple)
Cherimoya thrive in warmer climates but love cool marine night air. They love a sunny spot and free-draining, sandy soil. Young trees do best when staked and sheltered from the wind. Water deeply twice a week during the growing season, then stop when dormant. Fertilise in mid-winter, then once every three months.
Cherimoya trees rely on wind or hand pollination to fruit. Hand pollinate in the early evening by dusting a paint brush over the anthers fully open male blossoms, and transferring the pollen to female blossoms.
It is important to prune Cherimoya so that it develops a small number of strong leader branches capable of bearing heavy fruit. Thin fruit if the yield is heavy - this will encourage larger fruit.
What type of climate do Cherimoya prefer?
Cherimoya prefer a warmer climate, as they are not frost hardy. (They will grow anywhere a Lemon will grow.) Plant Cherimoya in winter, when the tree is dormant.