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Soursop (Guanabana)

Soursop (Guanabana)

The Guanabana (Annona Muricata Linnaeus) is a member of the Annonaceae - the custard apple family. Nutritionally, the fruit is high in Carbohydrates, particularly Fructose. The fruit also contains significant amounts of Vitamin C, B1, and B2. The fruit, seeds, and leaves have a number of herbal medicinal uses among indigenous peoples of regions where the plant is common.

This fruit also contains a number of Alkaloids, along with Hydrocyanic Acid that acts as an irritant poison. The seeds have a high concentration and are always removed before eating, so it is crucial that all the seeds are removed during processing.

The fruit is quite large and can weigh up to several kilograms. The surface is covered with soft curved spines and dimples. When ripe, the skin turns yellowish-green and the flesh becomes juicy and soft. The fruit is tart and described as having a pungent somewhat vanilla-like odor.

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