What is Soursop (Guanabana)?

Soursop is a fruit that is green with a prickly outer texture and a soft and creamy internal texture. The taste is commonly compared to a strawberry or pineapple.

The fruit is mainly found in the rainforest of Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. The scientific name is Annona muricata. Other names include custard apple, cherimoya, guanabana, and Brazilian pawpaw. In America, the fruit is most widely known as soursop.

Soursop has many nutritional benefits, such as protein, fiber, potassium, vitamin C, iron, folate, riboflavin, niacin, high antioxidant properties, and more. Other soursop benefits are purported to be treating fevers, as well as managing diabetes, hypertension, insomnia, and inflammatory conditions. In the Caribbean, soursop is a popular herbal remedy used for patients who have prostate, colorectal, breast cancer and more.