Soursop, also known as guanábana, catuche, corossole, or graviola,
is a tropical fruit native to the American tropics. It has a green
prickly skin and creamy white flesh.
What is Guanabana?
It originates from the northern area of South America and it is cultivated throughout the tropical region of the Americas. It has also become established in India, Polynesia and South East Asia.
The fruit is oval or heart shaped with small pliable spines covering the skin. The fruit can be approximately 30cm long and 15cm wide and it weighs around 3kg.
Its pulp forms white, fibrous, juicy segments carrying medium-size dark brown seeds, which need to be removed before using the pulp.
The fruit has a well-balanced flavour, both sweet and acid, ranging between pineapple and strawberry.
Guanábana juice and fresh fruit are enjoyed throughout Colombia. It can also be used in smoothies, ice creams, dairy products and baked goods.
Guanábana has been championed for its wide-ranging health benefits. It is a powerful antioxidant, which may help prevent cell damage and may lower the risk of chronic disease. It is a great source of vitamin C, B1 and B2.
The glycemic index of Guanábana is low; it is also low in calories.