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Soursop – Gourmet Guide234 Kitchen
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Soursop

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Soursop is a large  green coloured spotted  fruit that has a heart-like shape.

It is a tropical fruit that is usually covered with small spine-shaped structures.

The green fruit is very common in Nigeria, especially Eastern Nigeria and other parts of Africa and the world.

These include Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Cuba, Central America, Peru, Brazil and Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.

The creamy  pulp is fleshy, soft and off -white or white in colour.

The fruit comes with a slightly sour-acid taste and it can be eaten out-of-hand.

Soursop has plenty of black seeds, may be  up to 100 black seeds, although when crushed ,it produces  a pungent odour.

It is pertinent to note that in most tropical regions of the world, where the plant grows, soursop tree is often referred to as a miracle tree.

Botanically known as annona muricata, soursop belongs to the  annonaceae (annona family).

Other common names of soursop include Guyabano,  Shawshopu, Graviola, Brazilian pawpaw, Prickly custard apple and many more.

Well, Soursop is believed to be indigenous to most of the warmest tropical regions of the world. 

Its tree is a small upright evergreen tree that grows up to 6 metres tall, with a  large dark and shiny green and leathery leaves.

Soursop is high in vitamin C, an antioxidant known to boost immune health.

The vitamin helps to strengthen the immune system and also helps to improve its ability to defend the body against pathogens.

It equally promotes the destruction of free radicals, which can help to protect the skin and cells from environmental oxidative damage.

HEALTH BENEFITS AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE

The nutritional value of this fruit is amazing.

  • Many scientific analyses have shown that soursop contains many nutrients, like protein, sugar, fatty acids, dietary fiber, Vitamins C, B1, B2, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium chloride.
  • Soursop contains many bioactive compounds and phytochemicals, such as alkaloid, citric-acid, malic-acid, stearic-acid, stepharine, tannin, vinblastine and many more.
  • As for its therapeutic Properties,  it is known that soursop has a broad spectrum,  anti-diabetic, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, emetic, galactagogue, immunity boosting, laxative, liver tonic, sedative and so many activities.
  • The fruit juice of soursop is creamy and has musky, sub-acid to acid flavour and this can  sometimes be used in ice cream.
  • Soursop is rich in Vitamins B and C, and it  can be taken after childbirth to help increase the mother’s breast milk.
  • In case of fever, taking soursop can help to cool down feverish conditions, chill and flu.
  • It can also be used as an astringent for diarrhea and dysentery and even for intestinal parasites.
  • Eating soursop can also help to cure various menstrual disorders and difficult childbirth.
  • Respiratory tract problems like  cough, asthma, chest problems and bronchitis can be treated naturally by eating plenty of soursop.
  • The phytochemicals properties of soursop helps to fight some types of cancer cells, like colon, breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate, lung, pancreatic, anal, kidney, liver, lung and skin cancers.
  • The fruit has been proven to be a miraculous natural cancer cell killer.
  • Soursop is said to be 10,000 times stronger than most chemotherapy drugs.
  • A recent study conducted at Catholic University of South Korea shows that one chemical (acetogenins) present in soursop was found to selectively kill colon cancer cells at10, 000 times the potency more than the commonly used Adriamycin (a chemotherapy drug).
  • Unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately destroys both cancerous and normal cells, the compound extracted from the soursop selectively kills only cancer cells without harming the healthy and normal ones.

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