In your quest for winter veggies at the farmers market, you might spot a nest of large, green scaly-looking eggs. Behold! Cherimoyas are in season!
These dragon egg impostors are far more sublime than they appear. Cherimoyas are a sub-tropical fruit indigenous to South America that also goes by the names “custard apple” and “ice cream fruit.”
At the market, they may be perfectly oval or irregularly heart-shaped with a green scaly pattern and are usually sold firm. After they soften, cut the leathery skin with a knife to slice the fruit in half, navigate around the seeds, and spoon out the pulpy cream that some say tastes like a banana smoothie. The cherimoya season begins in December and runs through spring. Rincon Del Mar Ranch from Carpinteria sells cherimoyas at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market.