Guanabana Soursop Guyabano Leaves hojas whole dried

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Soursop is a common name for the fruit of the Annona muricata tree. The dark green, prickly, heart shaped fruit grows in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

Some other common names for it include:

  • graviola
  • guanabana
  • guyabano
  • Brazilian paw paw
  • custard apple

People describe the flavor of soursop as a combination of strawberry and apple, with hints of citrus. It smells like pineapple and has a creamy texture inside, similar to that of a banana.

People often use the fruit to make beverages, ice-creams, and syrups.

Those in Africa, the Caribbean, and South America use most parts of the plant — including the leaves, fruits, and seeds — in their traditional medicine.

The fruit contains many minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and iron. It also provides and  vitamin C .