Eat Local: Soursop

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Did you know that The name, soursop is actually derived from the Dutch zuurzak which means “sour sack.”

Soursop is the fruit of Annona Muricata, a broadleaf, flowering evergreen tree. It's a small, much branched, perennial tree, 3–8 m tall and is found growing in humid tropical lowlands with moderate humidity, plenty of sun and shelter from strong winds. 

Soursop is usually found in Central & South America, as well as the Caribbean. It's often used in the making of beverages, ice creams and other popular sweet foods. It’s known to have a few other names, such as graviola, custard apple, paw paw, guyabano and guanabana in Spanish-speaking countries. It’s recommended that you avoid eating the seeds due to possible neurotoxins — however, the raw flesh of the fruit is a wonderful way to experience to true essence of the soursop. This fruit is packed full of antioxidants due to the Vitamins B & C, calcium, phosphorous and even some iron that it contains. These vitamins and minerals are why soursop benefits include potentially helping to reduce eye disease, treat infections and potentially even fight cancer, among others.

Benefits:

  1. Cancer Prevention: the most interesting benefits of soursop are related to its antioxidant activity. These have been directly linked to cancer prevention and treating breast, pancreatic, prostate, and lung cancers, as well as a reduction in the size of tumours. 

  2. Controls Parasites: The anti-parasitic nature of soursop has made it a popular treatment in many of the rural areas of Latin and South America, particularly in areas where parasitic infections are more common. By brewing a tea from the leaves of the fruit can help to cleanse stomach and ensure you , you can cleanse your gut and ensure that your gastrointestinal system is running smoothly.

  3. The anti-inflammatory compounds found in soursop help to relieve pain from swollen joints and inflammation.

  4. Boosts Immunity: Adding a bit of soursop fruit to your diet, either through refreshing beverages or desserts, can positively impact your overall health. Rich in vitamin C, this fruit stimulates the production of white blood cells, while the concentration of antioxidants helps to neutralise free radicals and prevent chronic disease.

Soursop is not only delicious fruit, it's packed full of nutrients that can not only fight disease causing cells, it can prevent illnesses and boost your immune system. Do yourself a favour, buy one and enjoy the numerous health benefits this fruit has to offer!

 

Looking for interesting ways to enjoy your soursop? Here are some awesome recipes. Try them and let us know what you think!