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The cherimoya is the fruit of a tropical American tree of the custard-apple family. Its scaly-patterned green skin has become an increasingly common sight on the market stalls and even the supermarket shelves of Britain in the late twentieth century. This conceals a sweet white juicy pulp similar to that of its close relative, the custard apple, and also many smooth black seeds, from which it gets its name (originally an American Spanish adaptation of chirimuya, a word meaning ‘cold seeds’ in the Quechua language of Peru).

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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