So what is this mysterious and highly touted fruit that Mark Twain once said, “The most delicious fruit known to men”
Why, the chirimoya of course!
When you look at the fruit you just say wtf?
Small little green things with bumps all over it.
Funny, I have even heard Ecuadorians say when they have hit their head that produces a little bump they say,”I have a chirimoya.”
No mistaken this fruit is incredibly strange to look at, yet it is one of the most delicious fruits Gary and I have ever eaten. Gary even ranks chirimoya as his top fruit of Ecuador.
The chirimoya is native to Ecuador and grown at altitudes of 1,300 to 2,600 m (4,300 to 8,500 ft). The taste is light, sweet, and bursting with flavors from bananas, pineapples, strawberries, pears and apples. The texture that surrounds the little dark seeds is creamy and gives the fruit its secondary name as the custard apple.
Chirimoya fruit ripens fast and has a very short shelf life. When chirimoya is too ripe, it ferments and is no good; only takes a few days to turn bad. If you notice the fruit is brown, don’t eat it and do not chew the seeds or skin, it’s toxic. Do not let the short cycle keep you away from this fruit.
I can’t believe I have been living in Ecuador for 7 years and I am now just trying this oh so delicious fruit because the chirimoya is packed with nutritional value! It contains an impressive list of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A cup of cherimoya provides 20 milligrams of Vitamin C, almost 33% of the daily recommended value. It also provides 0.5 grams of Vitamin B6, and 0.2 grams of riboflavin. Cherimoya is a good source of potassium, fiber, folate, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron and calcium.
So how do you eat chirimoya? When ripe it breaks right open so just pop the white pulp into your mouth and suck to remove the flesh from the seeds. And don’t forget to spit those seeds out!
I know we are adding it into our daily fruit intake, especially for me, being high in calcium, it’s terrific for those thinning bones! But you better hurry, it won’t be around for much more time, the chirimoya season is coming to a fast close for the season is from November thru May.
What better way to get to know a culture but through its gastronomy. Go out to the markets and try even the strangest looking fruits because they can turn out to be the most delicious. Remember the old adage you can’t always judge a book by its cover. How could you not love sweet, delicious, nutritional food ? What are you waiting for, go find chirimoya and try it.
Mark Twain could not be wrong and you will not be disappointed!
Travel on Dudes!
Article by: Janis Bokar
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