So I thought I’d change it up a bit. Normally I’d give a recipe for Meatless Monday. But, since the holiday season is upon us and people generally switch up how they eat around the holidays anyway, I thought this would be good any time, any season beverage.

I don’t know how I missed this as a kid growing up…Yes I do, I’m a Yankee. I just don’t understand tho, why no one in my family ever gave me this fruit? It’s cruel…

I had sour sop for the first time this year in Ghana. The person that got it for me called it a sweet apple and when I smelled it, it gave me the scent of an apple jolly rancher, I was hesitant but it turned out to be YUMMY!

In Jamaica it’s called Sour Sop, in Spanish speaking countries it’s, Guanabana and in Ghana, it is called Sweet Apple or in their native language Twi, Aluguntugui.

Although, mainly know for it’s delicious taste, don’t sleep on the sour sop, it is also known to have many medicinal uses, Dr. Joanne Marie states,

Practitioners of herbal medicine recommend the fruit and leaves of the graviola tree to relieve stomach distress, fever, pain and respiratory problems such as cough and asthma, and for many other medical problems. Soursop contains a number of natural substances that have biological activity, according to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. These include fatty compounds called acetogenins, especially one called annonacin, along with other compounds called quinolones, annopentocins and two alkaloids, coreximine and reticuline. Soursop’s acetogenins are the compounds that have been most studied, especially for their potential to prevent or slow the growth of cancer. The Cancer Center also says that some compounds in soursop may be naturally antiviral and antiparasitic, and may also suppress inflammation“.

While this versitile fruit is used for various things, I made juice. Click here for the recipe.

 

 

Source: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-soursop-4285.html

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