Today I wanted to share an exotic fruit with you, the soursop fruit.
Locals here around call this poky round fruit Juliao and nobody knew the English name, which inspired me to research a bit about this unknown fruit. The joke was I only discovered it recently, hanging on a tree, right next to my house in the neighbors compound. My head is all over the place but I continuously discover new plants and animals around, which keeps me astonished of the various thriving beings around. Even the locals don’t know all types of plants, fruits, animals, because nature continuously comes up with new types of insect, plants in the Indian sub tropics.
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The Soursop fruit seems to be known around but it isn’t available in the market. Our neighbors were so kind to give us one, and I managed to stop my husband before he attacked the fruit and finished it in one go. I made some pictures of the fruit as seen on top and below.
As the name says it, it is sour, but I personally I never knew the English name for it and tasting it the first time wasn’t that sour, or maybe I am just used to sourly food. I could make out 3 steps of flavours, first one just plain sour, second pineapple like and third strawberry sweet taste. I wish they could change the ugly name of the fruit, because it has a darn sexy unique flavour, creamy soft pear pulp texture with few strings, as in some mango types.
Quoted from Wikipedia – Soursop Article
“Other common name include guanábana (Spanish), graviola (Portuguese), Brazilian pawpaw, guyabano, corossolier, guanavana, toge-banreisi, durian benggala, nangka blanda, and nangka londa.  In Malayalam, it is called mullaatha , literally thorny custard apple. The other lesser known Indian names are shul-ram-fal and hanuman fal.” (and in Goa, konkani language: Juliao, जुलीआव)
Edible is the cream colored pulp but not the seeds, who seem to be poisonous according to Articles in the web. People report though to have chewed the shell seeds without a problem or odd occurrences. Cut open the soursop fruit leaves a pleasant fruity scent, charming and tempting you to try it out.
People mostly eat it raw or mixed in a fruit salad. You can make a juice or smoothie out of it, savor soursop with milk for a new food adventure, milkshake, sorbet and I am sure a Parfait can be made out of this fruit too. I personally would like to try a Soursop jam, but I am not sure if it would come nicely. Or maybe a soursope apple tart, I ll definitely try out the soursop fruit’s taste capacities in the future.
Web Articles and new Scientific research describe the soursop as a health benefiting fruit. The Fruit is full of carbs – Fructose type (healthier sugars), Vitamin C (Antioxidant) and Vitamin B1(nervsystem) & B2 (cell build up).
Research seems to show that with extracts from this tree it now may be possible to