I found this prehistoric-looking bauble at a Los Angeles area farmers market this past weekend. Any ideas as to what it is? Here's a hint: In 1866 Mark Twain called it "the most delicious fruit known to men." Put your guesses in the comments section and come back tomorrow for the right answer and a peek inside that scaly skin. UPDATE: Get the answer after the jump! Most of you guessed this one: cherimoya! It was fun to see that cherimoyas are well known in so many different countries such as Trinidad, Peru, and India. The fruit goes by a variety of names, the most common being cherimoya, my personal favorite being "custard apple." Here's a photo of the cherimoya once I sliced it up:
The flesh is white, though it tastes like it should be bright yellow or pink because of its tropical flavor, which is a combination of banana and mango - dreamy, right? My mom and I enjoyed these wedges like watermelon, eating the flesh right out of the skin and spitting out the seeds as we went. I wish we'd thought to pop it in the freezer or blend it into a smoothie like some commenters suggested!
In the market for a cherimoya yourself? Use this tip we picked up from the farmer who grew this one: Select a cherimoya one the same way you select an avocado - look for one that gives slightly when squeezed, but isn't mushy.