What Do You Know About Soursop?

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Today, I can’t miss sharing with you one other kind of Asian fruits that you would be amazed- soursop. Have you ever tried soursop? If not, what is soursop? I am sure that you've heard this name at some certain one time, seen it as one of the ingredients on a product label or even in any kind of smoothies.


Hello my lovely readers!

You may be familiar with this Asian fruit but just how much do you know about soursop? Not to make you curious anymore, I will take you through a detailed review of this amazing exotic fruit.

Where was it from?​

Soursop is a fruit of a broad-leafed evergreen tree grown in Central America and Northern South America, and many parts of Asian countries. It's also grown in Australia and Africa. Common names associated with Soursop include Graviola, Guanaba, Corossol, Guanavana and Brazilian paw paw. The tree usually grows between 25 and 30 feet tall, and the fruit itself can be up to 12 inches long.

soursop tree afw

It is called soursop, but it is not THAT sour!

inside soursop afw

It has the heart shape with a yellow-green, spiky skin and white flesh. Also, it looks like a small version of custard apple or sweetsop that I will talk later in my blog, as of how they both are in the same fruit family. Once it ripens, it will turn into lighter green and mildly soft flesh. Have you tasted soursop before? I did. And I must say I loved the flavor. The Soursop pulp is somewhat pineapple like, but its musky, subacid to acid flavour is unique.

Inside are many small inedible seeds and the taste would be a perfect combination of sweetness and sourness. Don't think its taste as that of any citrus fruits like pomelo I have talked about earlier. So, certainly, you will be addicted to eating this fabulous tropical fruit all day long. However, you should be cautious not to indulge it, and the reason why I would tell you later in this article.

Don’t let its thorny looks deceive you!

Even though you cannot eat its seeds and skin which gives itself “sharp” look, this Asian fruit has incredibly been used in many kinds of herbal remedies, including roots, stems, leaves and even the seeds since decades ago. The fruit currently has left people curiosity about its treatment for cancer. Honestly, it is still controversial on how well it does in treating cancer, but for sure, its effects will be positive in dealing with any health problems. They are also proved to give glowing effects to your skin and nourish well your hair.

How nutritious is it?

soursop afw

Amazingly, soursop fruit contains a high level of carbohydrates and fructose, which is a natural sugar. This would be a plus for anyone who never prefers artificial sweeteners. Significant levels of vitamins C, B1 and B2 are also found in this Asian fruit. It also has calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous. The leaves, stem and bark contains various antioxidants such as Coenzyme Q10 that is used to fight inflammation, get rid of free radicals, and keep your body functioning at an optimum level. I can say that it has a long list of health benefits to our body, and I will talk more in details in another article which, I promise, is coming soon.

Anyone can eat it?

Definitely, in some certain ways, this fruit can be good for this person but not for others, and eating it too much is not a good idea either. Personally, I would advise you to avoid eating soursop excessively, since large quantities of its alkaloid compounds may cause neurological symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease. It also would be better if you don’t treat yourself with its extract daily and discuss its use with a doctor to decide what is best for you.

I guess you have already been curious and want to go to the market to get this fruit right now. Wait no more because I’m sure, you won’t regret it.

Next time, as we know about soursop, I make sure you shouldn’t miss another kind that is also in the same fruit family- sweetsop. I think you would love it not even less.

Or, if you are curious about other fruit facts, go nowhere but to my other articles I have written.

Facts of Asian Fruits​

Thank you for reading my blog! Happy Monday everyone!

Post Author: Jasmine

3 thoughts on “What Do You Know About Soursop?

    Thabo Nkomo

    (May 6, 2017 - 3:02 am)

    Hi Jasmine,

    Thanks for introducing me to the soursop. What I like about your presentation is that I got the feeling of being at a fruit market back home. I was born in South Africa. My granddad had his own fruit and vegetable garden, but occasionally he would take me to the market and explain each fruit just the way you did. You really struck a cord of sincerity with me.

    I also like the way you stressed that it’s not a good idea to indulge too much when it comes to soursop. Often people think that because something is a fruit that means they can eat as much as they want. I’m glad that you pointed out people should use caution. My granddad often gave me the same warning with certain fruits.


      (May 10, 2017 - 3:03 am)

      Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear your stories with fruits. That’s what I wanted my article to be: informational but “authentic”! 🙂 And of course, I want my readers to really enjoy the fruits, but not “overindulge” anything because too much of anything is never really good! And I like how you enjoyed time with your granddad through trips to the market. Hope to have you in my other articles! Cheers,

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