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Facts About the Guanabana Fruit That'll Make Your Jaw Drop

Guanabana Fruit
Guanabana, which is otherwise known as soursop or graviola, has incredible nutritional and health benefits. This tree is said to be native to Mexico, the northern regions of South America, the Caribbean Islands, and some African and southeast Asian countries.
Sonia Nair
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2018
~ Guanabana is known by names, such as soursop, graviola, prickly custard apple, or Brazilian paw paw.
~ It is produced by a small evergreen tree that belongs to the family Annonaceae (also known as Moraceae) and genus Annona.
~ The Guanabana tree (Annona Muricata) is fast-growing and bushy, with smooth, glossy leaves that are pointed at both ends.
~ The pale yellow flowers of this tree may be produced anywhere on the trunk or on the branches.
It can be grown in almost all tropical regions across the globe.
What is Guanabana
What is Guanabana
~ Usually, guanabana is a green-colored fruit with soft spines. It has irregular or slightly oval or curved shape.
~ An average fruit can weigh up to 2.5 kilograms. Its skin is leathery, tender and inedible with a slight bitter taste.
~ As the fruit gets ripe, the dark green skin transforms to a lighter shade.
Guanabana Pulp
Guanabana Pulp
~ The cream-colored edible pulp of this compound fruit is granular in nature and is studded with large black seeds. The pulp is arranged in segments over the soft pith.
~ While a single seed is found inside each segment, most of the closely packed segments may not contain seeds at all. The pulp smells slightly like pineapple, but has a more acidic flavor.
Guanabana Taste
Guanabana Taste
~ The taste of this fruit is described as a combination of pineapple, strawberry and citrus fruit flavors with the creamy touch of banana or coconut.
~ The pulp of the fruit is used to prepare guanabana juice, sorbets, candies and ice cream flavorings. In fact, it is the only fruit of the genus Annona, that is used for preservation and processing.
Nutritional Facts
Nutritional Facts
~ This fruit is very rich in carbohydrates, especially, fructose. Apart from that, B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium and dietary fiber, are also present in it in moderate amounts.
~ A single fruit with a weight of around 600 grams has 100 grams carbohydrates, 85 grams sugar, 6 grams protein, 21 grams dietary fiber, and amounts to 400 calories.
~ The vitamin C content is around 130 mg. It also contains considerable amounts of folate, potassium and magnesium.
Health Benefits
juice of guanabana fruit
~ The leaves, flowers, fruits, and roots of guanabana tree have been used in the traditional medicine of different regions. In some places, infusion of its leaves is used for treating insomnia.
~ The juice is said to have diuretic properties and is used as an herbal remedy for haematuria and urethritis.
~ The fruit is believed to possess antibacterial and antifungal properties and is used for fighting such infections. Crushed leaves of this tree is applied as a remedy for skin conditions like eczema.
~ A decoction made of crushed immature fruits are used in some regions as a remedy for dysentery.
guanabana fruit juice, when taken on empty stomach, promotes curing of liver ailments
~ It is believed that guanabana fruit juice, when taken on empty stomach, promotes curing of liver ailments.
~ In case of chigger bites, the flesh of the fruit is applied over the area as poultice, and it is retained for three to four days, so as to expel the chiggers and to expedite the healing process.
~ This fruit may help control the growth of cancer cells and eliminate them from the body.
~ According to some studies, the chemicals in the fruit target cancer cells specifically and do not affect the healthy cells.
Though, consumption of this fruit is safe, some of the recent studies suggest that chemicals like annonacin in guanabana, may cause certain forms of Parkinson's disease. You can enjoy the fruit and food products made from it. However, if you want to use it for medicinal purposes, seek the opinion of your doctor beforehand.
Flower of soursop or prickly custard apple