I just had the privilege … there is no better word for it … of eating a exquisitely ripe anona just picked from the tree.
Not only would it not be possible to ship something like this because it is so soft and fragile, it would not make it down the block to the local fruit vendor.
I’ve bought an annona in the US and it was fine, but nothing more.
Fully ripe, it is a whole different fruit. It will be one of my top ten tastes of 2011. If I try anything better than this then I’ve died and am eating manna in heaven.
The texture is like the smoothest, creamiest pudding I’ve ever eaten. The flavor is pears with faint accents of papaya, butterscotch and pine nuts.
Not even the top chef in the world would have the ability to make a pudding this magnificent. The bonus is there is no sugar other than natural fruit sugars … but like most good things, it is high in calories.
I have to think it was an annona that Eve picked instead of the apple … and somehow even after being tossed out of Eden she was thinking “It was worth it”.
My stepson brought me one. It had a hole in one end. The tree shades the yard with the chickens and my response was “Uh, thanks”. I wasn’t too anxious to eat something one of the hens had dined on first.
Looking into it further, when you pull the fruit off the tree it leaves a hole in one end. Recognizing my gringo-ness, when I sliced it open I was told not to eat the seeds.
This wiki article says that there are 110 species of annona, one of which is the more familiar cherimoya.
I’m not sure what variety this is, but it is far superior to the chermoya I tried. More on custard apples in this link. Obiously the writer never tried the fully ripe type that I just ate.
The tree is loaded with anonas right now. It is makes living in this tropical heat hell worth it.
Gratuitous link to a post about ripe passion fruit