Annona muricata (Soursop, Guanábana)
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The Soursop is a tree of up to 8 m high bearing
large thorny-surfaced 'custard apple' fruit, weighing up to 3 kg
each. The flesh in these fruits can be eaten raw, but more commonly
is used in fruit juices and softdrinks. It is also used in ice
creams, sorbets and jellies. Soursop is native to the tropical
lowlands of Central America and is now cultivated in many tropical
and subtropical regions. It is rarely encountered as a cultivated
tree in southern Africa.
The name 'sour sop' is derived from the Dutch
'zuur zak' meaning 'sour sack'.
van Wyk, B.-E. 2005. Food Plants of the World -
Identification, Culinary Uses and Nutritional Value. Briza, Pretoria.