It really depends. Here are some things to think about:
You plan on eating it now
If you plan on eating your cherimoya within 1 day of receiving it, keep it on the counter and eat within 24 hours.
You plan on eating it in a couple days
As a tropical fruit, cherimoyas love 55 degree or warmer temperatures, so keeping them at room temperature is preferred. To slow down the ripening process, place your cherimoya in the fridge for 1-2 days maximum, then eat.
You won’t be eating it anytime soon OR you want to save it for future smoothie/drink recipes
If you know you won’t be eating it anytime soon, freeze it!
Steps to freeze a ripe cherimoya:
- Cut the cherimoya in half with a sharp knife.
- Scoop out the flesh with a spoon to separate from the skin of the fruit.
- Remove the dark seeds with your hands.
- Discard the seeds completely. Do not eat the seeds.
- Portion the cherimoya flesh into a plastic bag then place into the freezer.
- Or, place the cherimoya flesh into an ice tray for single serving options.
Learn more about this delicious fruit in our Cherimoya Guide.