Custard Apples! They need no further introduction. Although they look a bit like an artichoke, are messier than a child's interpretation of modern art and more pips in than Great Expectations, they taste amazing. A friend picked these from the King's Gardens in Salalah and I've got to admit, when the box was brought into the office and I was told there were “custard apples” in there, I expected toffee apples on a stick, filled with custard. I didn't realise they were a fruit!
They are one of those fruits (and veg) that I tend to encounter for the first time, look at them from all angles, then turn to someone with a sceptical glance and ask, “how the devil do you eat that?!”. The answer was easy: tear it open, gorge on the insides and spit out the pips… but do it over the bin / paper towels / outside, because it's messy.
After the first, I'd quite happily have another – it does actually taste like custard! That's the great part. And kind of has the same texture too. The next good point about custard apples: they're healthy!