The fruits vary in shape, heart-shaped, spherical, oblong or irregular. The size ranges from 7 centimetres (2. 8 in) to 12 centimetres (4. 7 in), depending on the cultivar. When ripe, the fruit is brown or yellowish, with red highlights and a varying degree of reticulation, depending again on the variety. The flesh varies from juicy and very aromatic to hard with a repulsive taste. The flavor is sweet and pleasant, akin to the taste of 'traditional' custard.