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April 26, 2011

Chirimoya Ice Cream

The chirimoya is a tropical fruit that originated in South America. It is a species of Annona native to the Andean highland valleys. So priced that it is cultivated in parts of the world that  have similar climates. Here too but with much difficulty because they will not bear fruit unless they are hand pollinated. That is why they are so pricey and very seldom found in markets here. I found them so abundant and inexpensive in Spain when in season. They usually come from the Canary Islands or the Azores if sold in Portugal.
The chirimoya is one of my favorite fruit. I find the white flesh so creamy and almost like eating custard with a fruity flavor. Mark Twain called the chirimoya "the most delicious fruit known to men."
To make the ice cream you need to remove the dark brown seed. They are very easy to dislodged with a fork. You need at least 2 cups of the delicately sweet and creamy pulp.
Beat a pint or 2 cups of heavy cream and sweeten it with at least 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Mix the pulp gently and freeze until firm.


Enjoy!





27 comments:

  1. Of course I will enjoy it!!....I love chirmoyas too....in Chile we have plenty of them, and I found them here in Canada starting on May....they come from California....it is one of the best fruits.....we eat them just putting pieces in a glass, some sugar powder, and with fresh orange juice (I prefer cara cara oranges)......I love it!!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

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  2. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm .......... I can imagine the flavors! So simple and sooo good!

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  3. I have never heard of chirmoyas, if I had seen them in the shops I would not have known what they were!!! Perhaps I should keep my eyes open and see what I can find here in France :-) Diane

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  4. I didn't know this fruit...it's soo original so fun! Who knows...maybe some day I'll try it!

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  5. It is similar to seethaphal/custard apple we get in India. Ice cream looks delicious.

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  6. I have seen that fruit but never bought it.
    Thanks for sharing such delightful ice cream ♥

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  7. Questo gelato ha un aspetto davvero invitante!

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  8. Mmmmmmmmmmm! a mi también me encanta la chirimoya, está deliciosa, tan suave. Este helado debe ser algo muy delicado. Feliz día.

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  9. Another ingredient new to me. I shall have fun seeking this one out. It's possible Dublin's Asian markets stock this and I'll know what it is next time I see it. It sounds amazing and the icecream sounds even better.

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  10. Delicioso y fácil, si solo las chirimoyas fueran mas baratas por acá o no fuera una lotería, algunas salen muy desabridas.

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  11. I have never seen or heard of this fruit. Now I am filled with sorrow that it does not appear in MN. The creaminess of it really makes me want to fly to South America for it.

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  12. We love cherimoya and in Lebanon buy it when in season, where it is called ashta; it is so delicious, I agree that it is the best fruit on earth! thank you for the ice-cream recipe!!

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  13. Hola Michaelangelo: Qué rico es el helado de chiromoya. Muy lindas tus fotos! Un abrazo

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  14. I just love Annona, eat them quite often and I surely will try your recipe as my mouth is just watering now. Thanks! :-)

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  15. I have never found or seen a chirimoya. It sounds SO delicious. And since you say it is custard-like and creamy, I think ice cream is perfect for it. Yum!

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  16. Sounds fantastic...I have never tried chirimoya, but now I am intrigued :)

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  17. Isn't this the best way to make n eat ice cream- unlimited flavor possibilities too! The texture you got is PERFECT.
    US Masala

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  18. Muy rico y con el calor que hace ahorita en la cd. de méxico, una delicia de verdad, saludos.

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  19. Yummy, this fruit is definitely priceless... We have it in Thailand but they are only available in certain seasons. Very particular fruit!

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  20. Where I live, we call this custard apple or Nona fruit and it's one of my favorites too! My mum used to grow these and when the tree bore fruit, I was the first one to feast on them... I never thought of making ice cream with it, but I imagine it must taste heavenly, Arthur!

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  21. I have never come across a Chirmoya fruit. I love your description of this fruit, and would surely enjoy it. I must pay closer attention when shopping for produce.

    Velva

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  22. I've never heard of this either and will be looking for it.

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  23. I don't know this fruit at all, but I read that one of your earlier commenters has found them in Canada. I'll have to look for them because now I'm intrigued!

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  24. Love cherimoyas Michelangelo and in my blogs I have some recipes, I love like taste,

    but I love when I find some blog that post about Cherimoya, thanks so much, your Cherimoya Ice cream look amazing!! gloria

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  25. hi arthur, again i'm shamed to say this is another fruit unknown to me ! i have to google and see what exactly is this fruit..aah, now at least i know that it says that it taste like' bubblegum' i bet this bubblegum favour would make such a delighting and yummy ice cream!

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  26. Me encantan las chirimoyas, preparadas así deben estar buenísimas

    Abrazos

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