Health Benefits of Cherimoya

Have you ever seen or heard about cherimoya ? This fruit, which is very tasty, is related to some other fruits that you probably already know, such as pine cones, atemoya and soursop.

Like the other fruits mentioned above, the cherimoya also has characteristics of a green skin, white and soft and voluminous pulp, and also has dark brown seeds, weighing up to 1kg.

In addition to arousing a lot of curiosity due to its appearance and flavor, cherimoya is a fruit that also draws attention due to the properties and benefits it can bring to your health. Interested? So check out the information we’ve gathered about her.


To learn a little more about the origin of this fruit, let’s start by telling about the history and meaning of its name.

The name Cherimoia came from a native language of Peru (the same place where the first records of the fruit appeared), called Quichua. The Andeans who baptized it gave it this name because of its seeds, where chiri means cold and moya means seeds.

Later, the fruit became popular in other countries and, despite not being well known here in Brazil, it can be found in several regions of the country, such as Serra da Mantiqueira, Minas Gerais and São Paulo, where, in addition to the name cherimoia , can also be known by the following names:

  • Cherimola
  • Anona
  • ninth
  • black heart

In fact, some varieties of it are sold here in Brazil, being also known as fino de jete, bronceada, madeira, tombs or white.


As well as the other fruits belonging to the family that we mentioned at the beginning of this article, the cherimoya is a fruit rich in properties that can greatly benefit the maintenance of your health. To get a better understanding of how this happens, let’s learn more about its composition:

  • High content of vitamin C and B
  • Rich in fiber and minerals
  • Great source of potassium
  • Free of high sodium contents
  • Free from saturated fats and cholesterol

Knowing about these components, it is not very difficult to understand how this fruit can bring countless benefits to your health, is it? Are you curious? Just see below how regular consumption of cherimoya can make you a healthier individual.


In addition to helping to strengthen the body and the immune system, the benefits that its consumption can bring to you, helping you to achieve a better quality of life, are enormous. Check it out below:

  1. Effective protection against inflammatory processes: Due to the presence of high levels of vitamin C, which has an important antioxidant action, regular consumption of cherimoya can help you fight important inflammatory processes.
  2. Prevents cancer: Due to the presence of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, which we talked about earlier, the consumption of this fruit helps to fight the so-called free radicals, thus promoting an important protection against various types of cancer.
  3. Improves heart health and cardiovascular system: Because it is rich in potassium and has low levels of sodium, the consumption of cherimoya helps to keep the heart healthy, helping to stabilize blood pressure. Also, it increases HDL (good cholesterol) levels and lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.

All this makes this fruit a great ally in the fight and prevention of serious cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and acute myocardial infarction.

  • Contributes to a better health of your nervous system: Possessing a large amount of vitamin B, cherimoya helps keep your brain healthier and free from serious diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Strengthening the immune system: Vitamin C plays a key role in maintaining a healthier and more stable immune system. Therefore, the consumption of cherimoya can be a great ally of your body to fight colds, flu and serious infections.
  • Younger and healthier appearance: The combination of the various nutrients mentioned above makes cherimoya a great ally in maintaining a more hydrated, firmer, healthy and youthful looking skin, helping to minimize and delay the effects of aging.

In addition to the benefits already discussed above, there are some additional extras and no less important benefits that consuming cherimoya can bring you. Among them we can mention its calming effect and the effective improvement of the feeling of constant tiredness, thus being a powerful ally in some depression and anxiety conditions.


If you’ve had contact with any of them before, you should already know that besides their appearance, these two fruits have much more in common. This is because the atemoya is nothing more than a famous fruit originated from the cross between the cherimoya and the fruit of the Count. What differentiates one from the other is mainly the flavor, which in atemoia is much sweeter.

When it comes to granadillo, although some people confuse the two fruits, both are not very similar to each other, since granadillo is more similar to passion fruit.


Although it is not such a popular fruit here in Brazil, it is possible to find regions that grow the fruit, such as Serra da Mantiqueira and some states in the Southeast, where it is even possible to find seedlings for sale.

However, it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that this is a plant that needs some care when choosing the location and region where it will be planted. This is because it prefers places with mild temperatures and high altitudes, otherwise it may present problems in its growth and less healthy fruits.


On this subject, it is important to say that the price of cherimoya can vary a lot according to the region, it can cost around R$ 10 per kilo, but finding it may not be a very easy task either, as it is not it’s so popular here in Brazil.

However, going hunting for this fruit can be a fun and enlightening adventure, as, in addition to knowing a little more about it, when you find it, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits it can provide.

Website | + posts

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *