What is Guanabana?
So what is this strange looking fruit?
Well, the tree is called Annona Muricata, and it produces the sweet soursop fruit, also known as custard apple, paw paw or, in many Spanish-speaking countries, guanabana or graviola.
The tree reaches a height of 25 or 30 feet and produces large fruit that may reach a length of 12 inches. Although its rind is quite bitter, the fruit's flesh is soft, smooth and sweet, and provides carbohydrate as its major nutrient. Soursop also contains abundant vitamin C and several B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, along with calcium, phosphorus and a small amount of iron.
The soursop is adapted to areas of high humidity and relatively warm winters; temperatures below 5 °C (41 °F) will cause damage to leaves and small branches, and temperatures below 3 °C (37 °F) can be fatal. The fruit becomes dry and is no longer good for concentrate.
The flavour has been described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple, with sour citrus flavour notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavour reminiscent of coconut or banana.
Many studies are being conducted on using the extracts of Soursop to treat cancer and other less serious health issues. Some people swear it's a miraculous fruit!
Seeds can be toxic don't eat them or blend them into shakes or smoothies.