A Dose of the Tropics: Cherimoya

Cherimoya, aka "Soursop", is a heart-shaped (nutrient-dense) tropical fruit with flavors reminiscent of papaya, pineapple, mango, coconut, strawberry, or banana. Its sweet, creamy flesh becomes increasingly sweet and soft as it ripens. Yum!

Mark Twain hailed the cherimoya as “deliciousness itself,” and Baron Alexander  von Humbolt, a German scientist, and explorer was said to have thought the  cherimoya worth a trip across the Atlantic. (Times, 1991) So hellooo, why wouldn't we want to give it a try! See below for more information on this yummy fruit and easy ways you can incorporate it into your diet!


Fragrance: Floral Banana, Vanilla  

Harvest Season: December - May  

Common Culinary Uses: Smoothies, Sorbet, Ice Cream, Pudding, and Raw   

Origin: Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia  

Current Growing Regions: California, Spain, South America 

Price: $7 per pound  


Cherimoyas are rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and B6,  Thiamin, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Potassium, and Manganese. A single  cherimoya contains more than five grams of protein or about 10% of an average  person’s recommended daily value. (USDA, 2019)  

Cherimoya (Soursop) Smoothies:  

  • two ripe cherimoyas, deseeded, cut into 1-inch chunks  
  • 1/2-cup plain yogurt
  • 1-cup fresh orange juice  
  • two tablespoons honey  
  • two tablespoons wheat germ  
  • 2 cups crushed ice  

Combine the Cherimoya with yogurt, orange juice, honey, wheat germ, and crushed ice in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth and frothy. Adjust the sweetness with more honey or orange juice and serve. 


Chef Timothy Silva

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