Common Name: Wild Cherimoya
Annona longiflora is a shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is sometimes cultivated in Mexico and California for its edible fruits[
Central America - Mexico.
Very closely related to A. Cherimola[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The fruits are eaten raw or used for refreshing drinks[
]. A sweetmeat is prepared when the fruit is boiled with sugar plus the fruits of the manzanilla (Crataegus mexicana)[
The seed of many species in this genus has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing[
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