The cherimoya (or chirimoya or custard apple) is the fruit of the species Annona cherimola, which generally is thought to be native to the Andes. It grows on a deciduous or semi evergreen shrub or small tree. The fruit is oval, often slightly oblate, 10–20 cm long, with a smooth or slightly tuberculated skin. The fruit flesh is white and creamy, and has numerous dark brown seeds embedded in it. The flesh is soft, sweet and white in color, with a sherbet-like texture.