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Today I tried something new on a whim… plus, how to quickly peel kiwi fruit (it’s easier than you might think!).

Do you ever try new foods just to say you’ve tried it?

cherimoya aka custard apple

I would say I’m kind of 50/50 when it comes to breakfast and trying to eat healthier. I will give it a shot for a month or two, then get a craving, and I’ll have a streak of shamefully bad pizza. Part of my problem is that I’m always trying to rush, or work outside on a project, or I get sucked into doing things online and don’t really think about the things I eat. I don’t eat breakfast (other than a crapton of coffee), so I’m trying to get a little better about both. And as I experiment with trying to make breakfast quick, easy, interesting — or at least two out of those three — I have started considering branching out beyond the breakfast I know.

Cherimoya, the “Custard Apple”

Not too long ago, I was at the grocery store and found the above fruit while I was shopping for kiwi (it’s a nice break in healthy dessert options when you’re wanting to switch out the ice cream). And just for fun, I picked up a cherimoya — otherwise known as a custard apple — and decided to try it.

I’ve never even glanced at any “exotic” fruits in my grocery store before, but considering the price tag (a little over $5 for one, if I recall), I guess that’s another reason for skipping it. I eat fruit pretty fast in this house, so liking it runs the risk of a habit I can’t afford. #millenialproblems?

According to what I found online though, cherimoyas are native to South America and the texture is somewhat like custard. All you need to cut it open is a sharp knife, and the fruit will often come out in chunks. Just be sure to avoid the seeds — like many other fruit seeds, they’re poisonous.

cherimoya and kiwi fruit

The kiwi-peeling spoon trick

Have you heard of the spoon trick for how to quickly peel kiwi fruit? I picked it up several years ago (from my pal Allison, I think?), and it totally changed how often I eat it. After all, when you love something, but it’s frustrating to peel, you might often skip the indulgence. Now, I don’t have to. :)

All you need to peel it is actually a spoon, not a peeler or knife. Just cut them in half, slip a tablespoon at the edge of the peel, and it glides right around the fruit and slips out of the tough skin. All without accidentally mashing the delicate fruit inside (in terms of my past experiences, Of Mice and Men comes to mind).

how to quickly peel kiwi fruit with a spoon
Put down the fruit, Lennie.

So, just because it seemed like a pretty similar scenario, I used the spoon to help scoop out the white flesh from the cherimoya. The way it tastes? The custard analogy is pretty on point. It’s sweet, kind of ice-creamy, and also has a subtle tartness that went well with the kiwi. I would guess that freezing it could actually make it a pretty amazing ice cream substitute if you have dietary restrictions (vegan/lactose intolerant maybe?).

scoop out cherimoya fruit with a spoon

I guess my point is, experimenting in DIY is not the only thing I seem to be in the mood for lately. And as for my favorite, the kiwi fruit? I found a way to make that more breakfast-y too: it adds an incredible flavor to orange juice if you’re ever looking to try it.

adding kiwi fruit to orange juice makes a great new morning treat

Weekend plans

Happy weekend, friends! What are you going to try this week? Be sure you also check in on my Instagram stories over the next couple of days; if you don’t know how IG stories works, just click on the little circle around my profile picture when it lights up. I’m expecting sunny weather, and that means progress will be underway for the new pub shed!

P.S. I know this wasn’t actually a recipe, so the category sorting is a little generous on this one. Want some actual recipes? You’ll find more of those here.

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  1. Will have to try a cherimoya …. high in many nutrients, and the kiwi spoon tip. Lol, just peeled a kiwi last night!

  2. Have you ever just eaten the kiwi peel? It makes the fruit a little tarter (and I usually wash it to smooth down the fuzz), but ever since I realized it’s edible, I’m way too lazy to peel. Just wash and chop.

  3. I recently tried Kumquat for the first time – they were on the reduced rack and, yes I’m a 12 year old boy, I couldn’t stop laughing at the name.
    THEY WERE DELICIOUS. They’re citrusy, but you eat the rind and suck the juice out of the center, which is EXTREMELY SOUR (so, uh, don’t try it if you don’t like sour stuff I guess?) But the rind has such a delicate and complex flavour, and the contrast with the sour is just… wow…
    Funny thing though, there’s something about the rind that makes my lips go numb! So don’t eat more than two at a time :)

  4. OMG!! I used to eat this while growing up in Puerto Rico and my mom called it “Corazon” which translates to “Heart” because of it’s shape. I would climb the tree in our backyard and get it for my mom. I was never a big fan of it but it does bring back great childhood memories. Glad to know its English name and see people starting to eat it in the US. Thanks for the post!

    1. Hi Lilly! Glad you recognized it. I was so glad to actually try it out and I really enjoyed the flavor! Was there anything in particular she used to make with this fruit? It’s got a great texture.

      1. Hey Sarah! Not that I can recall. She just ate it plain as you would eat a Mango. I’ll have to ask her and will let you know if she did. :)