Originating from the Amazon jungles in Brazil, Rollinia is being cultivated in Far North Queensland. Also known as biribá or wild custard apple, the fruit looks like a gold version of the typical custard apple with yellow soft bumps or spines which protrude. The rollinia does come from the same custard-apple family, Annonaceae.
The flesh inside is white or cream coloured, juicy sweet with a melt-in-your-mouth pleasant flavour, much like a cross of soursop and custard apple. Or some would say, like a lemon meringue pie.
The best way to eat the rollinia is fresh, even when spines turn a distinct black. It can also be used to make milk shakes, jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys. The flesh oxidises rapidly once the fruit is cut.