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Feb 25, 2011 09:32 AM

Ambrosial annona … on the eighth day God created the custard apple and said “Now this is REALLY good. "

I just had the privilege … there is no better word for it … of eating a exquisitely ripe anona just picked from the tree.

Not only would it not be possible to ship something like this because it is so soft and fragile, it would not make it down the block to the local fruit vendor.

I’ve bought an annona in the US and it was fine, but nothing more.

Fully ripe, it is a whole different fruit. It will be one of my top ten tastes of 2011. If I try anything better than this then I’ve died and am eating manna in heaven.

The texture is like the smoothest, creamiest pudding I’ve ever eaten. The flavor is pears with faint accents of papaya, butterscotch and pine nuts.

Not even the top chef in the world would have the ability to make a pudding this magnificent. The bonus is there is no sugar other than natural fruit sugars … but like most good things, it is high in calories.

I have to think it was an annona that Eve picked instead of the apple … and somehow even after being tossed out of Eden she was thinking “It was worth it”.

My stepson brought me one. It had a hole in one end. The tree shades the yard with the chickens and my response was “Uh, thanks”. I wasn’t too anxious to eat something one of the hens had dined on first.

Looking into it further, when you pull the fruit off the tree it leaves a hole in one end. Recognizing my gringo-ness, when I sliced it open I was told not to eat the seeds.

This wiki article says that there are 110 species of annona, one of which is the more familiar cherimoya.

I’m not sure what variety this is, but it is far superior to the chermoya I tried. More on custard apples in this link. Obiously the writer never tried the fully ripe type that I just ate.

The tree is loaded with anonas right now. It is makes living in this tropical heat hell worth it.

Gratuitous link to a post about ripe passion fruit

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  1. I love custard apple. Passion fruit, I can pass on.

    1. In eastern North American we have a related fruit called Pawpaw. Amazingly delicious. The only problem is that once you pick them, they have a really quick ripening cycle.

      1. the best custard apple I ever had was in Nairobi at a street market. Others have not been anything that good.

        1. I love custard apple, too. It is a Fall-Winter fruit in South Asia, and we got good ones in Dubai imported from India and Pakistan. One would think that it is best in its natural form, but it so extra good in milkshakes. Custard apple milkshakes are my favorite.

          I think we get cherimoya here (in Texas) but I thought the taste would be too different from what I was used to with the subcontinental custard apple, so I haven't sought it out.

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          1. re: luckyfatima

            I'm going to keep an eye out for cherimoya here. I don't believe I've seen them. The cherimoya I had in SF had a grainy texture, nothing like the silken texture of the anona. Still, that was something transported green from a long way away. If there are any local versions, they would be picked ripe, or at least riper, so it would be interesting to see how those taste.

          2. I feel the same way about soursop (aka guanabana). Impossible to get in the US. One of the great food experiences of a lifetime.....and a natural tranquilizer.

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            1. re: Steve

              I have a custard apple tree here in South Florida. It is about 4 years old, and put out fruit for the first time last year. They were tiny, but delicious. Hope we'll get more fruit this year, but it is a delicate tree, and the cold weather has really taken its toll.