Cherimoya (Annona cherimola)

(Click on title to see more info)   Cherimoya of the El Bumpo variety, original tree grown By Rudy Haluza in Villa Park, CA, but this one grown in Point Loma/Ocean Beach, where I've grown it since the early 1990's.  Showing same fruit below, one week later, soft-ripe ready to eat and getting eaten.  El Bumpo has a light 'grain' texture, pineapple-banana flavor, weak medium thick skin, not a leathery strong skin.

Photos below showing two split-open (by hand, no knife used) 'Nata' variety fruit ready for eating (The original Nata tree was grown by George Emerich of Fallbrook), - I've grown this variety since the early 1990's, with original scion acquired from Mr. Emerich at his property.  Nata has a basic excellent cherimoya 'pineapple banana' flavor, sweet and flavorful, smoother grained than El Bumpo.  Can be very sweet, fine grained, and 'rich'.  El Bumpo is usually sort of pineapple flavor, a bit more 'grain' in the texture, but still smooth, high quality, and low seed count.   Of course, with any Cherimoya variety, a tree should not be overburdened with fruit, and have adequate mineral fertility available in the ground, especially potassium, for high quality maturity and flavor.

In photo below, the following Cherimoya varieties:  'Nata' in back left, 'El Bumpo' at left and middle, and the variety at right is probably from Madeira Island, of which there is a tree growing here in Pt. Loma in a backyard, of which I took a twig from and grafted onto this Cherimoya 'bush-tree'.   I call this variety 'Kraka', because the fruit is prone to cracking while on the tree when the fruit gets near mature size, when temperatures get below 60F.   But, the fruit flesh is usually excellent quality, having a lovely moderately sweet, relatively mild pure flavor but with some nuance, kind of a mild fruity semi-mango flavor with typical white Cherimoya flesh.

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