Large, creamy fruit with aromatic flesh. An excellent dessert fruit. The fruits can weigh up to 5 pounds and ripen with a green skin that is soft to the touch. Usually eaten out of hand. Small to medium sized tree up to 15-25 feet. Hardy to 25F. Prefers a subtropical climate. Cherimoya is a fast-growing somewhat shrubby, deciduous or evergreen tree with a dense, spreading crown; it can grow up to 8 metres tall. The fruit of the cherimoya is said to be one of the finest of all tropical fruits Long cultivated for this fruit, it had already been introduced throughout Mesoamerica and to much of South America before Europeans came to the continent. It is now widely cultivated in frost-free subtropical and cooler tropical regions throughout the world for its fruit. Fruit - raw. A delicious flavour, tasting like a cross between a banana and a pineapple. The white flesh of the ripe cherimoya is sweet, juicy and very fragrant. It is most commonly eaten out of-hand or scooped with a spoon from the cut open fruit. It can also be used in making ice cream, custard, cakes etc. The fruit is up to 20cm x 10cm and has a white pulp. Hardy to zone 9b (25 - 30F).