I was introduced to the Cherimoya fruit when I wintered in the Yucatan in 2010/2011 and it was love at first bite! Cherimoyas are grown in warmer regions. They grow in southern states like California and Florida. If you have never had one, you should give it a try. They are delicious!

Cherimoyas have a sherbet-like texture and the flavor is similar to a delicate blend between apples and banana. They have a flesh that is white and creamy. They contain numerous dark brown seeds.

Cherimoya Nutrition and Health Benefits

Cherimoyas are rich in B vitamins. Just one fruit (minus the skin and seeds) contains vitamins B1 (20% RDA), B2 (24% RDA), B3 (9% RDA), B5 (16% RDA), B6 (46% RDA) and folate (14% RDA). It also contains 33% RDA of vitamin C.

As for minerals, cherimoyas provide an excellent source of copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium as well as a small amount of iron.

Cherimoyas provide almost 4 grams of protein and a complete spectrum of amino acids, with high levels of tryptophan. Another nutritional surprise is 33% RDA of omega-3 essential fatty acids.

How To Use Cherimoya In A Green Smoothie Recipe

Cherimoyas have a delicate flavor so I blend them with other delicately or complementary flavored fruits when I am using them in a smoothie. They blend up best with bananas, apples, pears, peaches, bananas, papayas and strawberries.

As for greens, stick with mild greens like fresh baby spinach, leaf lettuce or romaine.

When you cut into a fully ripe cherimoya, the skin peels away easily but you have to dig all of the seeds out – and there are a LOT of seeds. It’s an involved process and it’s a pain, but it’s worth it. The more ripe the fruit is, the more difficult it is to extract the seeds. While seeds are easier to remove in just barely ripened cherimoyas, its worth the extra effort to wait until they are fully ripened and the flavor is at its peak.

Do not blend up the seeds, however, as the seeds are toxic.

Cherimoya Smoothie Recipes

Apple-Cherimoya

  • 1 medium cherimoya, peeled and deseeded (about 1 cup fruit)
  • 2 small apples, cored
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 8 ounces filtered water

Calories: 302 | Fat: 2g (grams) | Protein: 6g | Carbs: 75g | Calcium: 15% | Iron: 3.4 mg | Vitamin A: 369% | Vitamin C: 79%

Peach-Cherimoya

  • 1 small cherimoya, peeled and deseeded (about 1/2 cup fruit)
  • 1 medium peach, pitted
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 8 ounces filtered water

Calories: 172 | Fat: 2g (grams) | Protein: 6g | Carbs: 39g | Calcium: 12% | Iron: 3.5 mg | Vitamin A: 384% | Vitamin C: 82%

Cherimoya-Berry

  • 1 medium cherimoya, peeled and deseeded (about 1 cup fruit)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 ounces almond milk

Calories: 223 | Fat: 3g (grams) | Protein: 7g | Carbs: 48g | Calcium: 12% | Iron: 3.4 mg | Vitamin A: 375% | Vitamin C: 127%

How To Select And Store Cherimoyas

Select large fruits which are uniformly green. Avoid fruits that have cracks, soft spots or mostly browned skin. Cherimoyas ripen at room temperature and are ready when they yield to gentle pressure. Once ripe, they can be kept in the refrigerator.

Do not let the cherimoya become over ripe or turn all brown as it may not be good for eating if left too long.

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About Tracy
Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.




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