Peru produces 20,000 tons of cherimoyas a year. 40% of the national production, i.e. 7,500 to 8,000 tons are grown in the department of Lima. The main producing area is San Mateo de Otao, in the province of Huarochiri. Other important production areas of this fruit are the regions of Cajamarca, Apurimac, and Junín, according to the General Directorate of Agricultural Development and Agroecology (DGDAA) of the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri).
This crop is produced on the coast and inter-Andean valleys of the mountains up to 2,500 meters above sea level, the entity stated.
The main varieties grown in the country are the Chiuna 1, Chiuna 2, Chiuna 3, and the Cumbe cherimoya. The highest production takes place between April and June.
The DGDAA stressed that cherimoya is a crop developed by small organized producers and a source of foreign exchange, as it is destined for local and external markets.