This is an artichoke.
This is not.
A couple weeks ago, a blogger friend of mine posted a picture of this fruit. I’ve been seeing it everywhere, but always thought it was an artichoke! A few days later another friend was asking me if we’d ever eaten them, so I thought it was high time we tried this not-an-artichoke.. also known as annona, cherimoya or in Arabic, ashta.
You know the fruit is ready when it is fairly soft and you can split it open with your hands. It’s full of black seeds that you have to eat around, but the fruit is super sweet. It tastes like a very exotic pear.
As much as I enjoy artichokes, I’m so glad to discover that this is not one! (Thanks, Hasan!)