Cherimoya, sugar apple, soursop, or man cau in Vietnamese, it’s all the same fruit! And one of my favorites. You can see an old picture of a man cau that I picked when we lived in Hawaii here. It’s a little tart and sweet, and when you split the fruit open, you’ll find lots of white segments of fruit with black seeds, the size of almonds, in the middle of each section. That’s the best I can explain.
The other day, my mother-in-law bought me some man cau that was frozen in the freezer, and the ingredients included man cau, sugar, and water in it. I defrosted the package and decided it would make an awesome frozen yogurt, and it tasted much like the kind you would find in yogurt shops these days – slightly tart and sweet, just like the sugar apple itself.
My mother-in-law loved it and I did too! (Even baby did which was surprising, because she pooh-poohs her face at slightly tart things!). You can find these little packages of sugar apple in the frozen section of your local Asian grocery store. This package was 10.5 ounces so if you can find something like this, that’d be great!
Man Cau (Cherimoya/Sugar Apple/Soursop) Frozen Yogurt
makes about 1 quart
10.5 oz frozen soursop in sugar and water, defrosted
2 cups plain, whole milk yogurt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
In a blender, blend the soursop in water and sugar, yogurt, and sugar until creamy. Freeze in the bowl of an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with some diced pineapple and/or butter wafer cookies on the side.