Colombian Custard Apple

A small size Guanábana

A small size Guanábana

Continuing with the ‘everything-is-bigger-in-Colombia’ series, this post features the king of all tropical fruits – guanábana.

Its size simply astounds; its delicately sweet fragrant, mesmerises; its creamy texture, satisfies. Simply amazing.

First time I saw the fruit, it was among the mountain of guanábana, on one of these fruit trucks that loom the streets. The heap of guanábana formed a little knoll because this stuff is no common fruit. Its size is that of a durian (although for durian-haters, don’t worry, guanábana doesn’t have the same haunting smell) and can reach the scale of a jackfruit.


Guanábana being dissected – see how the size compares to that of a cup, and guavas

The second time I saw it, was at home, seeing it when it was dissected, with all the seeds and the interior structure. I was shocked to know that it was actually a Custard apple! A Custard apple that comes from the giant tropics! Really impressed.

However, upon tasting, it doesn’t taste like a Custard apple. Rather, it’s a little acidic and has a lighter tint of sweetness. The texture is smoother than the lumpiness of sugary crystals that you can sometimes get in a Custard Apple.  However, people with problems with sliminess may find its slimy mucus slightly overbearing.. Its creaminess lends itself as a great ingredient to juices and smoothies.

Upon further investigation, it turned out that it wasn’t the Colombian Custard apple that I had thought, but a variant of the family..

Still impressed though.

Guanábana ready to be served

Guanábana ready to be served – here with cream and prunes


  1. […] a beer, or for ladies, a frozen Pina Colada that’s ‘Colombianised’ with vanilla ice-cream and guanábana. My God. Decadence is on its […]

  2. Reblogged this on Treinta Días en Barranquilla and commented:
    My hotel room is going to have at least three of these on the windowsill on any given day.

  3. […] found elsewhere and many of their names in at least 4 syllables. There is granadilla, maracuya, guanabana and pitaya (perhaps the easiest to remember by far!).. Indeed, there are so many of them that […]

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