Chincuya (Chincua, ilama, Cabeza de Negro, Soncuya, Sincuya) Annona purpurea
This armored ball with its hooked shaped spines, like many of its relatives, may look like a tiny green dinosaur, but in fact, it is a delicious fruit. The Chincuya fruit falls in the family of annona and is closely related to the papausa and its most well-known cousin the guanabana.
Like the guanabana, its sherbet-orange flesh is slightly fibrous and envelopes several large brown seeds inside. This delicious fruit is ultra fragrant with a bright aroma of ripe cantaloupe.
• The flesh of the fruit is eaten raw. Be sure to pick out the large seeds.
• Mash the fruit, strain it and make an agua fresca
• The nectar and inner-bark are valued for their medicinal uses
Native to South and Central America, you will find this in some southern Mexican states such as Chiapas.