The soursop, as it is known in the English-speaking world, is simply put the best thing ever. The best thing ever fruit wise in my flavourfull opinion. My grandfather had a soursop tree in the backyard of his notary public office.  When I would go and visit him I remember fondly eating the huge soursops right from the trees well as enjoying soursop shakes and ice creams.

If you do not know about this amazing fruit you will be in love with it by the end of this post. The season for them is ramping up and you should be able to find them at your supermarket if they stock so-called “ethnic” foods — this term drives my husband absolutely mad — or at a Caribbean grocer.

Getting To Know You

The soursop grows worldwide in tropical climates and as such has a few different names.

Soursop ~ English

Guanabana ~ Spanish & Latin Caribbean

Evo ~ Ghana

Graviola ~ Brazil

Anona ~ Portugal

Corossol ~ French

Mullaatha ~ Malay

Harar ~ Ethiopia

And those are just a few names for them. There are several names in various West African dialects alone. This should give you a clue at how delicious soursop is. Have you never noticed when something is really delicious or beloved, there will be many names for it. I believe it is because it touches people really deeply or feeds some part of the soul that it has to come into its own among a people.

So What Is all the Fuss About?

Soursop is a large green fruit with a white fleshy interior with large black seeds. It usually takes a teardrop form with firm spikes covering its leathery green exterior. The soursop is easily cut and can be eaten without the aid of any utensils when ripe.

The white, pulpy flesh, which contains juice, is peppered with small, shiny, black inedible seeds, and has a pleasant, sweet-acidic taste. As it is rather fibrous, its squeezed juice makes a better choice, and has, in fact, become more popular than the fresh fruit as such. The juice makes an excellent sorbet and flavouring for ice creams. ~ Source

While soursop juice and ice cream are definitely delicious, I will have to fundamentally rebut the statement above that the juice is better because the soursop is fibrous. Don’t be lazy just dig in. Why do people love eating lobster? It’s fun knowing that you need special tools and the mounting suspense of how fleshy the meat you find will be.


Delight & Heal

There has been a lot of hoopla surrounding the soursop as it has been touted as a “cure for cancer”. While there is nothing in the western medical findings to support this claim, soursop certainly fits into eating whole and fresh foods for overall cell health. The soursop is rich in vitamins C, B1 & B2. It is also rich in fibre. But it is a bit of a femme fatale as the seeds may lead to a neurodegenerative disease.

The compound annonacin contained in the seeds of soursop is a neurotoxin and it seems to be the cause of a neurodegenerative disease. The only group of people known to be affected live on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and the problem presumably occurs with the excessive consumption of plants containing annonacin. The disorder is a so-called tauopathy associated with a pathologic accumulation of tau protein in the brain. Experimental results demonstrated for the first time that the plant neurotoxin annonacin is responsible for this accumulation. ~ Source Wikipedia

I do not put that there to scare you off but to warn you because soursop is so delicious that if you finish it you may be tempted to eat the seeds out of sadness for it being all finished. This is not a wives tail but if any of you out there are going through “morning” sickness (or as I like to call it, all-day sickeness) a Soursop ice cream milkshake can help to cool your tummy.

Mommy to Be Milkshake

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1/2 cup soursop juice

1-2 scoops vanilla ice cream

1/4 cup water

Put theses ingredients in a blender and enjoy. You can remove the dairy if that is bothering you and tweak the other ingredients as desired. This really helped to calm my tummy and I was one of those people that was sickened by the fresh summer breeze.

The soursop occupies a special place in the hearts of millions perhaps billions worldwide. If you do not know the milky sweetness of this fruit you have been missing out! But I have a feeling that is about to change.

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