Inside Fierce Fruit: Introducing the Soursop (Guanabana)

Hand holding up a Soursop

If you’ve never heard of soursop (guanabana), don’t worry--you’re not alone. It’s a pretty uncommon fruit, especially within the United States. But this fruit is used worldwide in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Therefore, it’s worth knowing about because it can add exciting flavors to your recipes. 

This fruit is dark green and covered in tiny little spikes on the outside. But don’t let that intimidate you! This fruit has a tangy sweetness that has been compared to tons of other fruits, like pineapple. So think of it as being scary on the outside but soft and sweet on the inside. It’s worth pushing through that tough outer layer to get to that delicious center. 

The Origins of this Tropical Fruit

This fruit is native to the American tropics, like the Caribbean and South America, but you can also find it in Southeast Asia. It’s closely related to the ‘pawpaw,’ a fruit grown in the U.S. and Canada.

As we mentioned earlier, the Soursop (Guanabana) is a green hue but can sometimes lean towards a greenish/yellow tint and is covered in tiny spikes. It tends to be about the size of a large mango but can also grow to the size of a human head. This is no small fruit! 

You’ll know it’s ready to eat when you squeeze the outside and it gives in a bit, similar to a peach. When you store this fruit in your fridge for a few days, the outer skin will darken. That’s normal and is still good to eat.

Soursop Uses

Soursop has an endless amount of uses! This is a super flavorful and versatile fruit. People compare it to tasting like a strawberry and an apple, with a bit of citrus mixed in. There is also a ‘spicy’ component to it, similar to a pineapple. 

When it’s cut open, the texture tends to be a little stringy, but that makes it perfect for adding to smoothies or milkshakes.

Purchasing soursop (guanabana) fruit purees is an excellent idea for adding it to tons of recipes, like baked goods, frozen treats, or even brewing batches of beer or other sweet drinks. Many people regularly eat this fruit straight up, but common soursop uses range from making syrups to ice creams and beverages.

What to Do With Soursop (Guanabana)?

Add soursop fruit purees to any frozen treat or baked good recipe you have. It’s an exotic fruit that will pleasantly surprise your taste buds. It looks tough but is incredibly sweet and tastes great when made into a frozen treat, beverage, or yummy dessert. 

This fruit may not be widespread in the United States yet, but it absolutely should be! This is one of the most enjoyed fruits around the world. Give all of our fresh fruit purees a try with any recipe by shopping for all products from Fierce Fruit. 


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