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Ilama

Annona diversifolia

a.k.a. Anona blanca

Large fruit, sometimes over 6" long, having similarities in both shape and size to the cherimoya. The rind tends to be either green or pink-purple, with white or pinkish flesh respectively. Some varieties have deep red flesh. Flavor is said to be excellent in many varieties, rivaling that of the cherimoya and sugar apple.

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Description

Small tree, usually only to 25ft. Ilama fruits perish within days of harvest and the fruit transports very poorly, hence its relative obscurity to much of the world.

Hardiness

Ilama's are only mildly hardy, surviving brief temperature drops to 30-32F.

Growing Environment

It grows best in climates having a dry season, followed by heavy rainfall.

Propagation

By seed, although seeds often go dormant for several months, after which time germination rates are poor. Grafting is often employed to propagate better varieties.

Uses

The fruit is almost always eaten raw, out of hand.

Native Range

Native to Southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.

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