The central (municipal) market in Cuzco (Mercado San Pedro) is a major draw for both local shoppers and tourists. In addition to food stands, there are many types of housewares, clothing, and souvenirs sellers plus a large number of food stalls and small cafes, some as tiny as a hot plate and a table full of ingredients.
The cherimoya is believed to be native to the inter-andean valleys of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. Seeds from Mexico were planted in California (Carpinteria) in 1871. Mark Twain called the cherimoya “the most delicious fruit known to man.” The creamy texture of the flesh gives the fruit its secondary name, custard apple. “The fruit is oval… with a smooth or slightly tuberculated skin. The fruit flesh is white and creamy, and has numerous dark brown seeds embedded in it. When ripe, the skin is green and gives slightly to pressure. Some characterize the fruit flavor as a blend of banana, pineapple, papaya, peach, and strawberry. The fruit can be chilled and eaten with a spoon, which has earned it another nickname, the ice cream fruit. Indeed, in Peru, it is commonly used in ice creams and yogurt.” — Wikipedia