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.
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.
Ilama's are only mildly hardy, surviving brief temperature drops to 30-32F.
It grows best in climates having a dry season, followed by heavy rainfall.
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.
The fruit is almost always eaten raw, out of hand.
Native to Southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.
|Annona cherimola x squamosa
Beach Sugar Apple
Wild Custard Apple
Aractium do Mato