Cherimoya in Tai­wan and in the Philip­pines

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CHERIMOYA, a na­tive fruit of Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, is one of the most de­li­cious fruits. The fruit is much big­ger than the na­tive atis and is as de­li­cious in its own right.

In Tai­wan, beau­ti­ful fruits of Cherimoya were ex­hib­ited at the agri­cul­tural show in Kaoh­si­ung on Novem­ber 21 to 23, 2018. The fruits came from Taitung county which pro­duces the big­gest vol­ume in that is­land coun­try, ac­cord­ing to Claire Chung, who manned the stall at the trade show.

The fruits dis­played at the show weighed about 300 grams each and sold for the equiv­a­lent of R223 in Philip­pine money. The big­ger fruits, ac­cord­ing to Chung, sell for a much higher price. For in­stance, a box of 6 ki­los con­sist­ing of 9 pieces sells for NT$1,800 equiv­a­lent to R3,096. That’s about R344 apiece.

While there are no big Cherimoya plant­ings in the Philip­pines, Ed Cañuto of Ba­di­an­gan, Iloilo, re­ports that his fam­ily has en­joy­ing good har­vest from their five Cherimoya trees that are now five years old. He ob­tained the seeds from Cal­i­for­nia that he planted in their farm, now a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

A four-year-old Cherimoya at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal, on the other hand, started to bear fruit in 2018. The fruit which has prom­i­nent pro­tru­sions weighed about 330 grams. There are, how­ever, va­ri­eties that don’t have pro­tru­sions in their skin.

Prob­a­bly, most peo­ple would like to grow just a few trees that will give them fruits to en­joy. A big plan­ta­tion can be prob­lem­atic when the trees start bear­ing a lot of fruits. The fruits when ripe are quite del­i­cate to han­dle. They have a very short shelf life. The skin of the ripe fruits is eas­ily dam­aged.

At any rate, hav­ing your own Cherimoya tree can be en­joy­able be­cause you have a fruit that not ev­ery­body in the coun­try has. It is some­thing novel that you can re­ally be proud of. –ZBS

Nilda Mon­tilla show­ing Cherimoya fruit from the Sarian Farm.

Cherimoya from Taitung, Tai­wan.

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