Edible garden: Cherimoya or custard apple

Cherimoya flesh should be scooped and savoured straight from the fruit like icecream in a tub. Photo / Thinkstock
Cherimoya flesh should be scooped and savoured straight from the fruit like icecream in a tub. Photo / Thinkstock

How to grow it:

The cherimoya is my favourite fruit.

The flavour of this subtropical fruit is somewhere between a passionfruit and a pear.

It has large, brown seeds and soft cream flesh, which is almost like eating icecream.

Each one sells for about $5, so they're a complete luxury.

They require careful handling, and need to be eaten at the right time, when the fine skin gives a little. Too ripe or too firm and they're no good, which is why growing your own Cherimoya tree is a good idea.

Cherimoya trees prefer a moist, free-draining loam, rich in compost. These small pretty trees are best in a sheltered spot, interplanted with other subtropicals.

The fruit on our 3-year-old tree are almost ready to harvest now.

What to cook with it:

There is no need to do anything with a cherimoya, other than savour spoonfuls of the luscious flesh straight from the fruit, like icecream in a tub.

- Herald on Sunday

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