Soursop (other names: graviola, guanabana)
Annona muricata (Annonaceae family)
Origin: Central and South America
Fruiting season: June - October
Height: small tree (up to 30 ft)
Relatives: cherimoya, rollinia
Originating from Central and South America, soursop grows well in Hawaii and has become a popular component in fruit drinks, smoothies or ice-cream.
Soursop is a low branching, bushy tree that grows quickly—often producing its first crop within three to five years from seeding. It flourishes in well-drained, sandy soil. Herbal tea is made from the dried leaves of the tree and used for its medicinal properties.
Soursop fruits are dark green and prickly and can reach 12” in length. There are numerous brown seeds inside the white flesh that are almost encapsulated in the sections of the fruit. Soursop has a delicate flavor and fibrous texture. The taste is resembling a combination of an apple with hints of strawberry and pineapple. The sour citrus notes contrast with its creamy texture in a nice balance of sweet and tart.