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by Myriam
on February 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM
This story brought back memories of enjoying this so very delicious fruit while growing up in Colombia! Looking at the pics, I could close my eyes and recall vividly the wonderful taste of this fruit we don't get to enjoy in the USA. I see it sometimes in markets, but the cost is prohibitive! I'd love to attend the next cherimoya tasting!!!!
Reply by Brenda Dawson
on February 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM
There's just something special about cherimoya, isn't there? Thanks for the comment, Myriam!  
I know that there are some farmers in California who grow and sell cherimoya, so it is possible to get local fruits too. But I've heard it can be an expensive fruit to grow because the trees are often hand-pollinated. So it's a treat indeed! Hope you can attend the next tasting.
by Harry Young
on August 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Where can I see the tabulated results of this event?
by Leonie
on March 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM
will there be another tasting coming up?? My daughter (2 years old ) & I are addicted to this fruit & I would love to learn more about it !  
thanks !
by Brenda Dawson
on March 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Thanks for your interest! For upcoming events and more information, I would say the best place to check is probably  
Looks to me like there isn't a final date set for this summer's tasting yet, but you may want to check back as the days get warmer.
by Tammy Majcherek
on March 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM
The cherimoya tasting events are held in February. Unfortunately this year's event has passed,hopefully you all can join us next year. The top three rated varieties this year were as follows:  
South Coast REC 2014 Cherimoya Blind Tasting Top Three Varieties  
(Rank) Texture Flavor Overall  
1 Lucida El Bumpo Lucida  
2 Deliciosa Selma El Bumpo  
3 Selma Lucida Selma  
If you are in the area, be sure to attend the UC ANR Urban Landscape and Garden Education Expo on September 27th being held at the UC ANR South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine, CA where there will be a tasting of the various fruits grown at the Center and available at that time of year. As posted previously, go to for more information regarding this and other public events held at the UC ANR South Coast REC.
by Nikki Madrilejos
on November 9, 2015 at 12:36 AM
Hi Tammy  
I am fascinated with cherimoya fruit. The 3 varieties you have mentioned Lucida El Bumpo Lucida, Deliciosa Selma El Bumpo and Selma Lucida Selma.  
I would like to buy seeds to plant. Would you please give us direction where to buy the seeds?  
Thanks a lot.  
by Rachnee Keirsey
on December 11, 2016 at 4:42 PM
Have you done this year's event (2016) already? If not, how can I join?
by kalpana patel
on July 18, 2019 at 8:13 PM
Very interesting subject! Never knew that many names for cherimoya!  
Love to get Big sister to try!
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