Cherimoyas are delicious tropical fruits native to Central America. It is a heart-shaped fruit having few seeds and smooth skin.
The cherimoya tree was originally cultivated in Mexico and Guatemala. It is now grown in tropical and subtropetial regions across the globe including Central America, Eastern South America, Southern California (USA), South Asia, Australia, Europe, the Mediterranean region, and North Africa.
In this article, we will discuss the shelf life of cherimoya. The information provided here is based on our research and experience. We hope that you find it useful.
Shelf Life Of Cherimoya
The shelf life of cherimoyas depends upon many factors such as:
- Storage conditions
- Time since harvesting
- Storage temperature and humidity
- Quality of fruit
- Fruit ripening stage
What is the shelf life of cherimoya?
- Room temperature: 3 to 4 days or until ripe(1 to 2 days once ripe)
- Refrigerator: up to 4 days once ripe
- Freezer: 10 to 12 months (best quality)
If the cherimoya has been stored properly, then it can be kept for 3-4 days at room temperature. Once ripe, cherimoya should be refrigerated within 1 day.
When refrigerated, cherimoya keeps its shape and texture for up to 4 days. However, if the cherimoya is not refrigerated immediately after picking, it loses its flavor quickly.
Frozen cherimoya can last for up to one year. If frozen cherimoya is thawed before use, it must be refrozen again.
How long does cherimoya last after being cut open?
Once opened, cherimoya can be stored for up to 2 days in the refrigerator. However, if left out, the flesh may start to rot.
Cherimoyas are tropical fruit, so they are very susceptible to chill damage if they get too cold. They are best stored at 55 degrees or warmer. But if you need to keep them for more than a day or two, you should refrigerate them to keep them from spoiling.
Fruit are chilling sensitive, especially below 10°C (50°F); the extent of injury depends upon duration. Symptoms include skin darkening and a failure to fully soften or develop full flavor.
Can I freeze cherimoya?
Cherimoya is prone to chill damage when especially when frozen below 10°C (50°F). So, it is better to store cherimoya in the fridge. Signs of chill damage in cherimoya include:
- Darkened skin
- Failure to fully soften
- Lack of flavor
However, if you want to freeze cherimoya, make sure that you do not leave it in for longer periods. Also, try to avoid freezing cherimoya with any other food items.
How do I know when cherimoya is ripe?
You can tell when cherimoya is ready by looking at the color of the fruit. When cherrymoya turns yellowish green, it means it is ripe. You can also gently press the fruit. If it is soft enough to yield easily, it is ripe.
How to Store Cherimoya
Store cherimoya in an airtight container in the refrigerator. At room temperature, cherimoya will lose its flavor and turn brown.
To prolong the shelf life of cherimoya, place it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will help prevent the fruit from turning brown.
How To Ripen Cherimoya
Ripening cherimoya is a process whereby the fruit becomes sweeter and softer. There are several ways to ripen cherimoya. Put cherimoya in a warm area like your kitchen counter.
How do I know if my cherimoya is bad?
When the skin turns brown at room temperature, the fruit is no longer good for human consumption. Another way to check if the cherimoya has spoiled is to smell it. The odor of rotten cherimoya is similar to rotting meat.