A tropical fruit that has a shape similar to an apple with a green outer layered appearing skin and a creamy custard-like inner flesh. The meat, dotted with inedible black seeds, has the flavors of banana, papaya, pineapple, and vanilla. Select fruit that is firm, and is without rust or blemish spots on the outer skin. When ripe, they become soft and lack firmness to the touch. Prior to ripening, store the cherimoya at room temperature and when it begins to lose the firmness, it should be refrigerated. Refrigerate up to 5 days and for best results, serve the meat when chilled. This fruit is also known as a chirimolla, chirimoya, custard apple, and sherbet fruit.