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The idea of the Festa da Anona (Cherimoya Feast) was born in 1990, through a group of producers of Faial, that wanted to promote their products (fruit) and thus to call the attention the madeirenses in general.

Anona - Cherimoya

The initial idea was a Regional Cherimoya Exhibition, nowadays also known as the Anona Festival, … which is to be held at Faial (Santana), on the North Coast of Madeira Island. This is an exhibition specially dedicated to this fruit and its derivatives,…. such as liquors, puddings, ice creams and (beaten) drinks. The programme, with the participation of some hundreds of farm owners, … includes music and contests, … with a traditional Madeira flavor.

    • The


    • (Annona cherimola) is a species of


    • . It is a deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub or small tree reaching 7 m tall. The flowers are produced in small clusters, each flower 2-3 cm across, with six petals, yellow-brown, often spotted purple at the base. The fruit is oval, often slightly oblique, 10-20 cm long and 7-10 cm diameter, with a smooth or slightly tuberculated skin. The fruit flesh is white, and has numerous seeds embedded in it. Mark Twain called the cherimoya “

the most delicious fruit known to men

    .” Source: Wikipedia


Festa da Anona

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Maja & Bruno · February 19, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Dear Don,
Thanks – very interesting – I never could put a name on that fruit. Now – thanks to you – I can. 🙂

Jerry · February 21, 2008 at 2:54 am

Very interesting! My family is from Faial and I am very familiar with this fruit. It’s wonderful and very tasty!!

Carla Mendonca · May 19, 2008 at 1:32 pm

To be honest with you i can never find this type of fruit in london, but am hoping that some day i will.
I am actually from Faial, but i live in england.
This definitly reminds me of my country!

Nelson · August 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Oh I love Anonas I too am from Faial but live in Canada and can only find cherimoya in China town only at certain times of the year and they are very very expensive.

Arild · February 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

Could they please make an Anona without all the big seeds!

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