Probably everyone has tasted green tea with the soursop fruit, but the beneficial properties and contraindications of this miracle fruit are not known to everyone. After all, some of us have seen this exotic fruit only in pictures.
Where does soursop fruit come from?
Before talking about where it is grown, you need to know what is soursop. Soursop is a fruit tree that retains its foliage all year round. Due to its external appeal and high utility, it is quite popular in those countries where there are conditions for its growth. The following factors can characterise this plant:
Area. The list of territories where soursop grows is quite extensive and includes the Bahamas and Bermuda Islands, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Southern China, as well as the Pacific Islands, the Amazon rainforest and territories between Southern Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. Its homeland is West India.Growing conditions. The plant is heat-loving. Therefore, it is distributed only in a tropical climate.Crown. The height of the tree reaches 9 meters. The foliage is smooth and shiny; the top is dark green; the bottom is light green and has a pleasant aroma. The leaves reach 15 cm lengthways and have an elongated shape. Flowers appear both on the branches and the trunk. The diameter of the fragrant green-yellow flowers is 4.5 cm.
What are soursop health benefits?
The useful properties of soursop are numerous. Describing them in a couple of words is difficult. For more detailed information, we will pay attention to each organ system in the human body that is beneficially affected by this fruit:
The intestinal microflora is improved by the consumption of the fruit. Toxins are eliminated and digestion is accelerated.The plant has a positive effect not only on digestion but on weight loss because it normalises the gallbladder and liver functioning.Do you have rheumatoid arthritis or gout? This incredible gift of nature can reduce the inflammation and pain. You just need to eat it regularly and in the proper dose. In this case, a positive effect is achieved due to the ability of this fruit to remove uric acid. It also reduces muscle weakness because the body receives the necessary macro- and microelements, and the intensity of the development of degenerative diseases of the spine decreases.Ascorbic acid found in the fruit improves the functioning of the immune system, so the body becomes more resistant to viral and bacterial infections.
What vitamins can we get from soursop?
The composition of the pulp is quite diverse, and the percentage of nutrients available in the fruit allows it to be considered valuable for human health.
100 g of the pulp of the fruit contains about 50 kilocalories. It includes the following amount of useful substances:
Proteins — 0.9-0.95 g;Fats — 0.4-0.45 g;Carbohydrates — 9.8-10 g;Dietary fiber — 0.11-0.13 g;Ash — 0.07-0.08 g;Water — 84-85 g.
Ascorbic acid (Vit. C) — 11-11.5 mg;Nicotinic acid (Vit. PP) — 0.11-0.12 mg;Choline — 2.1-2.2 mg;Pantothenic acid (Vit. B5) — 0.07-0.075 mg;Vitamins B9, B6, B2 — less than 0.01 mg.
Potassium — 25-27 mg;Sodium — 8-8.5 mg;Calcium — 7-7.3 mg;Magnesium — 3-3.2 mg;Phosphorus — 1.9-2.1 mg;Iron — 0.35-0.38 mg;Zinc — 0.018-0.021 mg;Selenium, manganese, copper — less than 0.01 mg.
Is soursop fruit safe to eat?
Appearances are always deceptive; If you saw the thorny green fruit, you might not even consider it to be edible. But it has a unique taste and unusual appearance. It can be compared with the medium melon, but this plant is covered with huge soft spikes.
The unripe guanabana or soursop has a rich green colour and firm pulp, but as it matures, it turns yellow and become so soft that it damages by falling. For this reason, such fruits are collected and sold still immature. Inexperienced tourists taste the fruit immediately after purchase and are disappointed since the unripe plant has a taste like raw pumpkin. However, it is worth giving it time to ripen at room temperature, as it turns yellow and acquires its unique flavour. To make sure that the fruit is ripe, press it with your finger. If the surface is soft, you can eat it.
Guanabana can be stored for 2-3 days in the refrigerator or at room temperature, its yellowed skin can turn black, as it does with a ripe banana, but the pulp does not lose its taste and beneficial properties very quickly. The inner part of the fruit is divided into several dozen segments, each of which contains a seed, similar to persimmon seeds. The seeds are considered poisonous and are usually removed.
Soursop is used in cooking or producing medicines. It is also used to make juice, extract, or you can simply eat the pulp. We will describe the most popular ways to consume it:
Juice. The juiciness of the fruit allows you to extract from the fruit a large amount of liquid that you can drink. Mixing fresh juice with milk and sugar, you can get a delicious and healthy thirst-quenching drink. The pulp. It is also consumed as a separate dish. Add it tot desserts such as ice cream, sherbet, cakes, jams, jellies. Dried pieces of this fruit can be used as a tea. Tea with soursop is not only very tasty but also quite healthy.Extract. This raw product is used to flavour tea.
What are the side effects of soursop?
As enticing as its health benefits are, soursop can also bring harm. The negative impact of the fruit is manifested in the case of abuse of the pulp. In particular, one of the consequences can be the development of Parkinson’s disease, the destruction of the normal intestinal microflora. It can also lead to blindness if it strikes the eyes. Consuming its seeds in culinary dishes leads to intoxication.
At the first opportunity to try fresh fruit, you should not start with a large portion. It is better to try a small amount to avoid an allergic reaction.
Soursop fruit has a pleasant taste and perfectly quenches thirst. The fruit is rich in minerals and vitamins, but there are some severe contraindications to its use. The main rule of interaction with exotic fruit is moderation of consumption. However, guanabana have one incredible property for sure — they have a delicately sweet taste. Mature soursop pulp is used in the preparation of delicious desserts and flavoured tea. It is worth trying this fantastic fruit.