cherimoya

noun
cher·​i·​moya | \ˌcher-ə-ˈmȯi-ə \
variants: or less commonly \ ˌchir-​ \

Definition of cherimoya 

: a round, oblong, or heart-shaped fruit with a pitted pale green rind that is borne by a widely cultivated tropical American tree (Annona cherimola) of the custard-apple family also : this tree

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Kiwano and cherimoya and rambutan, oh my! The produce aisle has never been so overrun with funky, exotic and otherwise unusual fruit. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to your store’s funky fruits: What’s good, how to eat them," 13 June 2018 One example is the cherimoya, a species of custard apple. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Pre-Columbian people spread fruit species across Latin America," 13 Mar. 2018 Its relatives include cherimoya, soursop (guanábana), and sweetsop. Andrew Moore, Good Housekeeping, "A Beginner's Guide To Growing Pawpaw—The Delicious Fruit You're Not Eating," 12 Jan. 2018 New Yorkers welcomed speckled Asian pears; papaya with its lode of dripping black seeds; rough-skinned litchi disclosing creamy white flesh; knobby cherimoya with guts of custard; star fruit with its sharp angles and plasticized shine. New York Times, "How the Kiwi Changed New York’s Food Scene," 16 Apr. 2018 Oddly shaped and covered with a leathery green skin, Noelle thinks cherimoya look more like prehistoric eggs than tropical fruit. latimes.com, "Italian dreams, video games and the Dodgers," 31 Mar. 2018 What's in season: Oddly-shaped and covered with a leathery green skin marked with large indentations, the mounds of cherimoya at the markets right now might at first glance look like prehistoric eggs, or even hand grenades. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Tarts, cocktails, gelato and more ideas for cherimoya, now in season," 30 Mar. 2018 The season for cherimoya, first planted in California in 1871, generally ranges from early through late spring. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Tarts, cocktails, gelato and more ideas for cherimoya, now in season," 30 Mar. 2018 There is a fruit called a Bays cherimoya, pioneered by Gene's grandpa; only collectors eat or grow them anymore. Mike Sager, Esquire, "Growing Almonds in the Desert," 25 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of cherimoya

1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cherimoya

Spanish chirimoya

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