Soursop (also graviola, guyabano, and in Latin America, (guanábana) is the fruit of Annona muricata, a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree.
The exact origin is unknown; it is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and the Caribbean and is widely propagated.
It is in the same genus, “Annona”, as “cherimoya” and is in the Annonaceae family.
Soursop (Annona muricata) contains ingredients belonging to the group of Annonaceous acetogenins, which are only found in the family Annonaceae. These photochemical are studied and patented worldwide for their active biological actions.
Many studies and research have established that soursop has special properties: 1976, the National Cancer Institute of the United States Unpublished data, National Cancer Institute. Nat Cancer Inst Central Files (1976).
From NAPRALERT Files, University of Illinois, 1995. 1997, Purdue University in Lafayette (United States) Jerry L. McLaughlin. According to research, the leaves of the soursop tree have properties that destroy diseased cells.
The active agents present in the soursop leaves cause the death of the cells by depriving them of oxygen, energy and sugar (the sugar is the main engine of the cancerous cells).
Like the leaves of the plant, the flesh and seeds of soursop are used in traditional medicine, in many medical traditions.
Soursop leaves are often turned into capsules to be ingested in the morning with a glass of water before breakfast. In the form of powder, the leaves of soursop lend themselves to the infusion game for a tea deemed to be beneficial to health.
For a savory dish, do not hesitate to include soursop in a recipe made from pork or fish.