The Intriguing World of Ilamas
Do you want to have a taste of the exotic? Are you curious about strange and unusual fruits? Then get ready for this one: Ilama. Yes, it’s a fruit that not many people know about, but once they try it, they can’t stop talking about its amazing flavor.
But before we dive into the juicy details on how to grow Ilama, we need to establish some facts first:
What is Ilama?
Ilama (Annona diversifolia) is a tropical fruit native from Mexico and Central America. It has a greenish-yellow skin with an overlapping diamond pattern and tastes like a sweet blend between pineapple, vanilla custard, and banana.
Its flesh is soft and creamy with small black seeds scattered throughout. You can eat it raw or use it in smoothies, ice creams, jams or tarts.
How long does it take to grow Ilama?
Growing ilamas can be tricky as they require very specific conditions such as temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. They also prefer well-drained soil that stays moist.
Typically grown from seeds or cuttings planted in springtime when temperatures are rising around early March until late April; however germination rate may vary depending on where you live – ranging from 3-5 years in colder climates up north down south where growth rates might be faster reaching maturity within 4 years!
Once your plant begins bearing fruit after three or four years of growth comes harvesting time!
It’s important not to force the harvest because picking them too soon will result in underripe fruit lacking depth and sweetness while waiting too long could lead to overripe mushy messes making them best harvested just when they turn yellow-greenish hues!
In conclusion growing ilamas may seem like a challenge but with determination anyone can do it and once you’ve tasted one of these tropical treasures the time spent waiting will quickly become a distant memory!