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Annona cherimola, Cherimoya, Chirimoya, Custard Apple

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 Annona cherimola
Family: Annonaceae
Cherimoya, Chirimoya, Custard Apple
Origin: Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterEdible

Commercially grown in Australia, South America, Asia, Spain, Italy, and California. The cherimoya is often considered one of the best-tasting fruits in the world. Its rich and creamy pulp with a sweet fruity flavor, makes an excellent dessert fruit. Almost exclusively eaten fresh, out of hand. The pulp does not store well and the fruit is only available fresh. Seeds are toxic and when crushed can be used as an insecticide. This plant is subtropical and when full-grown can survive to 25F. Young trees are susceptible to frost. Cherimoya prefers a summer temperature of 65-80F, and a winter temperature of 41-65F. Trees are fast-growing, producing fruit from seed in 3-4 years. Flowers are formed in small groups along the branches. A single flower first opens as female, which lasts for 36 hours, followed by a male stage, lasting for another 36 hours. Flowers are almost never pollinated by their own pollen, and without proper pollinators which do not exist outside its native range, cherimoya must be hand pollinated. Tree blooms from late winter to early summer, followed by fruit which ripen from October to May. Fruits are large, from 4-8" long, and sometimes weighing over 5 pounds. Harvest fruits when skin turns slightly yellow or pale green, or when skin gives a little to touch.


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Annona cherimola, Cherimoya, Chirimoya, Custard Apple

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Annona cherimola, Cherimoya, Chirimoya, Custard Apple

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richard
Rancho Cucamonga,ca USA
5 Sep 2014
GREAT FRUIT DELICIOUS!!
B. Richards McIntyre
Montana, USA
USDA Zone:5
13 Jul 2014
I have been growing Cherimoya's from seed for 10 years now and they are one of the easiest tropical fruit tree's to grow. Being that I am a plant-a-holic, I merely saved the seeds from a few of the fruits I had purchased at the market in Scottsdale, Arizona. I planted a few and all but one came up. Now I have a few tree's although I gave a few away! These do indeed grow fast and within approx. 3-4 years I had/have flowers and fruit. The fruits are one of my favourites. Very yummy tasting. By all means, get some seeds from Top Tropicals or an already grown tree and grow a few. Or just one. Remember, you have to hand pollinate the flowers too!


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