atemoya

The atemoya, Annona × atemoya, is a hybrid of two fruits – the sugar-apple (Annona squamosa) and the cherimoya (Annona cherimola) – which are both native to the American tropics. This fruit is popular in Taiwan where it is known as the "pineapple sugar-apple" (鳳梨釋迦) and is sometimes mistaken for a cross between the sugar-apple and the pineapple. In Cuba this fruit is called mamon, and in Venezuela chirimorinon. In Lebanon the fruit is called Achta and is used in many Lebanese desserts including ice cream.

An atemoya is normally heart-shaped or rounded, with pale-green, easily-bruised, bumpy skin. It is very juicy and smooth, with the white flesh tasting slightly sweet and a little tart, reminiscent of a piña colada. The taste also resembles vanilla. There are many inedible, toxic black seeds throughout the flesh of the atemoya. When ripe the fruit can be scooped out of the shell and eaten chilled.

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