The soursop fruit, also known as the guanábana, this fruit is common in the tropical climates of Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Isles. The soursop is a member of the Annonaceae family which also includes the paw fruit.
Also referred to as the thorny custard apple, thorny mango, and thorny fruit due to its exterior appearance. It tastes like a combination of pineapple and cherry, with a creamy flavor like that of the coconut or banana. Its pulp is white, with inedible black seeds which should not be consumed due to their possible toxicity.
The fruit of the soursop is used flavor ice cream, sorbets, and candy. Fruit bars made from the soursop are very popular in Venezuela.
It is believed to have originated in the Philippines, from where it spread via the Manila Galleon trade route, which operated between Spain and Manila from the 1500s to the late 1800s.
For centuries, the guanabana fruit and its leaves have been used to cure many illnesses, including stomach distress, cough, asthma, and fever. The soursop has also been used to treat urethritis, liver problems, and leprosy.
Yield:20 oz. (serves 2)
1 Cup Fresh Pineapple (cubed)
2 Cups Fresh Coconut (cubed)
4 Leaves of Any Leafy Greens (such as Kale, Spinach, Beets, and Collards)
1 Thumb-Sized Piece of Fresh Ging Er (peeled)
Optional: water or coconut milk (to a thin smoothie)
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Wash the soursops under running water. Make sure to scrub, as there can be dirt that gets caught on the bumps of the skin.
Once washed, peel the soursops. You can use a pairing knife to do this. Since the skin is very soft, you could even use your hands to peel the soursop.
After peeling the fruit, cut it in half to remove the stem.
To remove the seeds, place the pulp in a large bowl and break it up by hand. Discard the seeds.
Next, cube the pineapple.
Then, put the soursop pulp, cubed coconut, cubed pineapple, leafy greens, and peeled ginger into a blender.
Pulse until everything has blended together.
Serve and enjoy!
For the cubed coconut, you can prepare your own at home, with a few simple tools (a hammer and a butter knife), or you can buy pre-cubed coconut. Usually, the latter option can be found in the frozen food section of the grocery store.
If you’d like a thinner smoothie, feel free to add a bit of water or coconut milk, a bit at a time, until you reach your desired thickness.
Alternatively, feel free to blend with some ice cubes to create a bit of thicker consistency.
Recipe Variation: You can leave out the greens in this recipe for a sweeter taste, but they add powerful nutritional properties 🙂 🙂