Take one look at Soursop (also know as Graviola or Guanabana) and you might shy away from it! It is green, prickly and misshapen fruit but cut it open you will be shocked to see a beautiful white pulp that smells like a combination of strawberries and apple. It is both sweet and sour and has gotten a lot of attention for its health benefits.

In this article, I am going to share with you 2 of my favorite soursop recipes, show you how to cut one open and explore some of this amazing fruit’s health benefits!

Health Benefits of Soursop

Fiber – It can promote digestive health – Soursop is an excellent source of fiber. There are 7.4 grams per cup. Like other foods high in fiber, soursop can help with constipation and help reduce inflammation.

Vitamin C – Supports your immune system – Soursop is high in Vitamin C. There is at least 46 mg of Vitamin C in one cup of soursop.

Potassium – Soursop can help stabilize blood pressure – With 626 mg of potassium per cup, soursop can help work like a filter in your body and helping to relax blood vessels to allow for better circulation.

Cancer Fighting Qualities

There has been a lot of buzz with soursop and cancer. There is some preliminary research that soursop has cancer-fighting ingredients but there have been no clinical studies yet to definitively prove this.  Read more about the health benefits and side effects on these sites:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319720.php

https://draxe.com/soursop/

https://foodfacts.mercola.com/soursop.html

How to Use Soursop

To my delight, I found a Soursop tree in Hawaii! 

Fresh soursop from the tree, has a stronger more tropical taste than frozen. It is much more fragrant and perfumey. It ripens very quickly. I usually only get one or two uses out of my fresh soursop, and then I have to freeze the rest, because it turns too ripe within 24 hours of cutting into it.

Soursop preparation:

If you get this beautiful fruit fresh, cut the fruit in half.

Get ready to get your hands dirty!

Put 1/2 the fruit in a big bowl.

Start digging your hands in the fruit, and extract the black seeds (they like to hide, make sure and find them!)

Put the white fleshy fruit in a container and freeze.

Not everyone can get their hands on Soursop straight from a tree but you can buy frozen soursop at most grocery stores making it super easy to use at home.

 

Here are 2 of my favorite Soursop Smoothie Recipes!

Green Soursop Smoothie Recipe (Makes 20oz)

1 1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup fresh or frozen soursop

1 frozen banana

1 handful of spinach

1/2 avocado

2 pitted Medjool dates

Blend on high for 30 seconds

 

Chocolate Berry Soursop Shake (Makes 20oz)

1 cup almond mylk

1/2 cup coconut mylk

1/2 cup fresh or frozen soursop

1 cup frozen strawberries OR Blueberries

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

2 medjool dates

Blend on high for 30 seconds

 

 

 

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