One of the best of all fruits is the cherimoya. Relatively little known in the USA, it is a super-sweet custardy fruit that originates in high Andean valleys. It just so happens that the coastal belt, slightly inland, extending from Santa Barbara to north San Diego County has a climate that is nearly identical in terms of temperature swings and humidity to the tropical, but high-elevation, homeland of these fruits. Good news for us–they grow great here!
The photo below shows a very large fruit on our tree of the ‘Helmuts’ variety (one that I have never tasted). There is a much smaller fruit just up the branch.
One of the other trees offers a far less pleasant sight. This tree–a seedling, that is, not a named variety–is laden with fruit, but the fruit has gotten covered with mealybug (or some similar pest).
It will take some spraying of water to dislodge the pests and then a wrapping of the trunk with tanglefoot (a sticky substance applied to a band of tape around the trunk) to keep the ants out. As with many sucking insects in fruit trees, ants maintain colonies of these insects in trees to provide honeydew for their own consumption. These pests can scar fruit, but if removed, the fruit itself usually turns out OK. That is, not saleable, but edible.