March 5th, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you are still hoping to find your prince by kissing a little tree frog, then this is the fruit for you!

Atemoyas, a cross between the cherimoya and the soursop, look like tumorous little forest creatures but taste like  tropical flowers. Eating one is a pure delight, but so is reading about it. Take this page for example, a scientific description for all intents and purposes, but it takes the atemoya to a whole new level (for me at least, but I’m a bit nerdy that way). I don’t know about you but these kind of details just make me blush (are they seriously talking about the picture below?): delicate apex, creamy lines around the areoles, elliptical, less hairy, prominent and angular, firm, pliable, fragrant…wowza! Fruit can be very inappropriate.

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★½☆☆

Dusty green, wobbly, gnarled looking fruit with tan flesh and gorgeous black seeds.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★★

Sweet, tropical and floral. Luscious, luscious, luscious.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★½

Very slightly fibrous, slightly grainy (like a pear), yet creamy and juicy at the same time.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★★

Mix of sweet pineapple, pear, banana and strawberry.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Extremely delicious fruit. Just about as yummy as you can get. Atemoyas are sweet and bright and delicate. I’m not sure I can tell the difference between this and the cherimoya particularly, although I’m not tasting them side by side.

Unclear (Fall – but they are at the Farmer’s Market now!)
Farmer’s Market
Rainbow, CA

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