Graviola – know all the benefits of this tropical fruit

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Graviola – the nutritious spiky green fruit

Graviola, Annona muricata, also known as Soursop fruit or Guine-Bisssau Pine, Zuurzak, Jaca do Pará, Jaca de Pobre, is a large oval shaped pale green fruit. With spiky skin protecting the Graviola fruit, it is tree harvest plant. With a white pulp and black or brown seeds, it has a bittersweet flavour. Originally found in the Caribbean islands and parts of Central and South America. Since the Graviola tree needs warm and wet weathers, it is currently also cultivated in the Pacific Islands, Florida and South-east Asia. 

According to TACO, Unicamp´s 2011 food study (international recognized Brazilian University), it is a low calorie fruit.

For every 100g of Graviola fruit:

  • 62 calories
  • 0,8g of protein
  • 1,9 of fiber

It is also considered a rich nutritious source of:

  • Calcium
  • Phosphor
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Antioxidants 

The fruit consumption is considered healthy and nutritious, bringing a healthy benefits to our bodies (https://www.tuasaude.com/graviola/ and https://www.minhavida.com.br/alimentacao/materias/18359-graviola-cura-o-cancer-beneficios-e-como-usar):

  1. Sleep control (insomnia reduction)
  2. Hydration
  3. Blood pressure control (reduction)
  4. Stomachache treatment (ulcer, gastritis)
  5. Osteoporosis and anemia improvement
  6. Diabetes treatment (blood sugar regulation)
  7. Anti-age properties
  8. Rheumatism pain relief

There is no confirmed evidence of Graviola fruit’s effectiveness in cancer treatments (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6091294/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5888937/). 

What about restrictions?

Yes! There are some consumption restrictions: hypertensive patients, mumps patients, people with mouth sores and pregnant women. In case of doubts, consult your physician or nutritionist.  

Graviola - a new option for juices and desserts

Although in the last 12 months there was a 12% reduction in “interest over time” for Graviola (Google Trends Australia indicator – this means popularity search results in Australia). The fruit is a great option for a healthy beverage or dessert. 

It can be consumed in natura (without skin and seeds). The most common options for consumption are juices, vitamins and capsules. In some northern Brazilian states, it is found as a healthy dessert option in the form of mousses and ice cream.  

In São Luis do Maranhão, capital of a northern Brazilian state, Graviola’s mousse is marketed as a “sensual experience dessert” due to its sweet smell and bittersweet flavour in a smooth consistency dessert. 

Here in Tropical Brazil you can find the Pulp and a range of other fruit. Check it out.