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#434631 04/02/12 07:50 AM
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Mystery Fruit of San Pedro, Belize: Custard Apple or Cherimoya

The fruit season in Belize is starting up. Mamey is here. Green mangos are just arriving, ripe ones should be here in a month or two and yesterday I found a strange fruit that I've never tried. The custard apple. Also called cherimoya or even the ice cream fruit. Hmmmm...those names sound promising.

Hey, Mark Twain even called the custard apple "the most delicious fruit known to men". His books weren't half bad, maybe he knows something about fruit. Let's give it a try.

According to Wikipedia, this fruit grows on an evergreen-like shrub and is in the sour sop family (a popular ice cream fruit flavor in Belize). It is best when eaten green (I wish I had known that when chosing but red seemed so much more appealing to me). It is also best when eaten chilled.

Also good to know...the large black shiny seeds are poisonous when crushed. The lady at the fruit stand did not fill me in on that important fact.

Here it is cold and split. It does look like sherbert.

It is soft and smooth, velvety and sweet. This fruit is delish. Just eat it with a spoon. Congratulations Custard Apple! You have moved into the SanPedroScoop Top Five fruits in the world.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more excellent photos in the San Pedro Scoop

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Very interesting.
Have you tried Wax Jamba? They are ripe right now and taste kinda like an apple and are crisp and juicey. I got my first picking yesterday. They are about half the size of an apple and shaped more like a pear.
I don't know how to post a picture here but if you google it there are good pictures.
I bought a big sappodilla last week. The fruit inside was the consistancy of pudding and tasted like caramel custard - reminded me of flan. This had one large seed that was already sprouting. I'm going to plant it.
I have a sappadilla tree in my yard that is unbelievably beautiful and it is bearing fruit but mine are the size of golf balls. The one I bought was the size of a cantalope melon.
I love the unusual fruit here.
Thanks for your post.

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Don't know the sappodilla...I've heard of it...but never tried. I am going to try to taste EVERY fruit this year. Except the seagrapes. ICK.

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BS - have you tried the sea grape or is it just the thought of it? The local kids like to eat them green & sour. I have eaten a few ripe ones and they are not bad but I wouldn't pay money for one. I understand they make a decent wine.

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Originally Posted by BrusselSprout
Don't know the sappodilla...I've heard of it...but never tried. I am going to try to taste EVERY fruit this year. Except the seagrapes. ICK.

We did a blog entry about our first (and only) experience with Sapodilla back in December:

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