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Custard, no! Custard apple, yes! PDF
Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

Custard I can do without, especially the lumpy kind! However, the custard apple is another matter altogether! I’ve discovered the chirimoya. It's yummie!


Recently I tasted some tropical fruits that were completely new to me.  And they’re all grown down here in Andalucía, on the Costa Tropical.

The fruits I sampled for the first time, at the farm of a major grower in Almuñécar (Granada), were chirimoya, fresh mango, kaki, níspero, papaya and guayaba (guava), plus aguacate (avocado), which I was already familiar with, having it most days for breakfast.

But the fruit that fascinated me most was the chirimoya. I’d eaten helado de chirimoya as a dessert in a restaurant in Ronda a few years ago, but other than that I knew nothing about this unusual-looking fruit.

What I learned at Ramón’s farm is that the chirimoya lives up to its English name, the custard apple. It’s not a bad translation at all.  Once you slice it in half, you scoop out the white flesh with a spoon, easily avoiding the black seeds, and the fruit is indeed reminiscent of custard, both in texture and taste. De-li-ci-ous! 

You can also make a delicious sorbet with chirimoya, cider, lemon and  a dash of cinnamon, as well as a sumptuous ice cream, as mentioned earlier.

Of all the fruits we tasted on our trip – see above – my favourite was the chirimoya although the mango came a close second.

Both have already become regulars at our house, along with our breakfast avocados!

© Paul Whitelock

For a fuller article on all of these tropical fruits, visit the Olive Press website here.

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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