Last week, while flying to Alexandria, VA for work, I was reading a magazine article that talked about a fruit called Cherimoya. I had never heard of the fruit or recognized the photo so I went in search of finding one to try. I stopped at Whole Foods in Virginia, right down the street from my hotel but came back empty handed. I posted a note on the facebook page of Healthy Living, a local store here in Vermont that carries lots of organic, natural and locally grown/produced food. They didn’t have any in stock but they said they’d be getting some in. The day I arrived home from my trip I received a message from them that they were in. I rushed over on Saturday morning to pick up my first ever Cherimoya. I almost fainted when I saw the price tag was $10 – for ONE. After scouring the internet highway for information on this exotic fruit, I knew I couldn’t walk away from the store not picking one up. I’ve learned that the Cherimoya has a very short harvest season and knew if I didn’t grab one now it would be another whole year before I could try it again.
The sales lady said that I needed to make sure that I waited for it to fully ripen before I ate it or I wouldn’t like it at all. That made me so nervous. Who wants to try eating a new fruit, at $10 a pop to have it taste bad? Not me. So I patiently waited. I stared at the green flesh every time I walked into the kitchen. I even had a dream about it last night. It looked and felt ripe yesterday but somewhere I read that when I think it’s ripe, I should wait another day. So today was THAT day. I called my kids all around me while I took a knife and cut the fruit in half. I was surprised that it had so many seeds. I took a chunk from the fruit and tasted. It was a bit odd….nothing I had tasted before. It was like a combination of banana, pineapple and mangoes….and a bit of something else. The flavor was really intense and I decided that I needed to make a smoothie with it. I threw it in a blender with yogurt, strawberries, peaches and bananas and blended. Yummy!!!! Not sure it was a $10 yummy but I’m glad I stepped out of my ordinary fruit bowl and tried something new.