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.
For every 100g of Graviola fruit:
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):
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/).
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.
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.