The Custard Apple “Chirimoya” Route
Its flavour is deliciously sweet; it tends towards pineapple, or maybe strawberry, or even banana flavours; it is unique and brings tropical flavours to mind when we taste it. The chirimoya or custard apple* originated in Central America and Peru and is considered by many botanists to be one of the three best fruits in the world. Haenke, the naturalist, considered the custard apple to be ‘one of nature’s masterpieces’.
Discover the itineraries around Salobreña’s lowlands and become acquainted with the custard apple tree, its pollination and its gastronomic properties and applications. The harvest period is from September to April.
Make sure you visit some of the plantations that organize guided tours and fruit and juice tastings.
Together with the custard apple, another of the tropical fruits grown in Salobreña is the mango. The mango tree on the Costa Tropical flowers twice a year. When it blooms in January the flowers must be removed since optimum flowering temperature will not be reached in this month and fruit setting will be unsuccessful. The second and definitive mango bloom takes place in May, as during this month ideal temperatures are reached for the success and growth of the fruit.