One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A kind of custard apple with scaly green skin and a flavour resembling that of pineapple.
- ‘The flavour of the pink varieties has a pleasant acidity like that of the cherimoya, while that of the green varieties is sweeter and closer to the sugar-apple.’
- ‘Try a cherimoya - a creamy, sweet tropical fruit that tastes a lot like vanilla pudding.’
- ‘Both atemoya, grown in Florida, and cherimoya, grown in California, have green, leathery skins with either scales or a notched, medallion-like design.’
- ‘Try nectarines, star fruit, cherimoyas, passion fruit, kiwis or any of the countless items of produce most quality supermarkets stock.’
- ‘At Cedar House you get not only the farm's own just-roasted coffee but an array of delicious tropical fruits like apple bananas, starfruit, and cherimoyas - all grown on the farm or very nearby.’
- ‘In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade attachment, combine the cherimoya, lime juice, and panela and purée until smooth and the sugar is dissolved, about 45 seconds.’
- ‘Initially, they were investigating fruits that appear frequently in the flavours of wines grown in warmer climates, but cherimoya, melon, papaya, passionfruit and banana all proved incompatible with Vitis vinifera.’
2The small tree which bears the cherimoya fruit, native to the Andes of Peru and Ecuador.
Annona cherimola, family Annonaceae
Mid 18th century: from Spanish, from Quechua, from chiri ‘cold or refreshing’ + muya ‘circle’.
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