The atemoya is a small to medium-sized tree that produces delicious, unique-looking fruits that ripen in late summer and early fall.

Sometimes called custard apples, the fruits can grow up to six inches in diameter and often look like small artichokes. They have a sweet, custardy flavor with hints of vanilla, wintergreen, and pineapple.

Atemoya has some cold sensitivity, and will grow best in South Florida, from Sarasota and Merritt Island southward. Some cultivars may require hand pollination in order to produce fruit, though the cultivar 'Gefner' does well on its own. Atemoya can be susceptible to several pests and diseases, so you'll want to scout the tree often for signs of a problem.

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