Soursop

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Soursop
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soursop fruit


Soursop fruit (Annona muricata)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Magnoliales
Family:Annonaceae
Genus:Annona
Species:muricata
binomial name

Annona muricata

The soursop or guanabana (Annona muricata L.) is a broadleaf flowering evergreen tree native to the South American country of Brazil and a distant relative of the pawpaw. The plant is grown as a commercial crop for a prickly green 12 inch (300 mm) long fruit which can weigh up to 5 lb (2.5 kg).

The flesh of the fruit consists of an edible white pulp and a core of undigestible black seeds. The species is the only member of genus Annona which is well-adapted to processing and preservation. The sweet pulp is used to make juice as well as candies, sorbets and ice cream flavorings.

Nutritionally, the fruit is high in carbohydrates because of its natural sugars. The fruit also contains significant levels of vitamin C, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2. The fruit, seeds, and leaves have a number of herbal medicinal uses among indigenous peoples of regions where the plant is common.

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