Originally from South America, cherimoya is now grown in other regions with suitable growing conditions, such as New Zealand and California. It is often confused with custard fruit (A. reticulata), another fruit in the same family.
The most common varieties grown in California are:
Features a smooth creamy pulp, moderate number of seeds and durable skin
Fragile, but very sweet
Heavy, sweet fruit
Moderately sweet, with a moderate to low seed count