Soursop Fruit Facts
What is it?
Soursop, also known as guanabana, is an exotic fruit which is round, oval, or irregularly heart-shaped. It ranges in size from 4 to 12 inches long and 6 inches wide. It typically weighs between 10 to 15 pounds. The skin is greenish-yellow and appears rough with elongated spines growing from the fruit. The fruit's interior is creamy white in color and contains hundreds of seeds which are surrounded by a pocket of flesh encased by fibrous tissue. Soursop is native to the West Indies and South America but is also harvested in southeastern Asia, Australia, and Africa. The soursop tree may yield 12 to 24 fruits per tree and is limited to growing in tropical climates, as it is extremely frost sensitive.
What is so good about it?
Soursop's flavor has been described as a combination of vanilla and pineapple with mild citrus notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavor reminiscent of coconut cream or banana. It is very popular in many countries due to its clean and refreshing taste. Its unique aromatic profile makes it a versatile ingredient in a variety of applications. From a nutritional perspective, one cup of soursop pulp (approximately 225 grams) is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, magnesium, potassium, and copper.
How to use it
Although not yet routinely consumed in North America, the popularity of soursop is growing. It can be used to make tropical drinks which blend soursop with sweetened or unsweetened milk or water. Other applications include soursop smoothies, custards, ice creams, sherbet, tarts, jellies, syrups, and nectar blends. Soursop can be used to create exotic desserts such as soursop cheesecake. Soursop blends well with other fruits making it a useful ingredient to any fruit portfolio. Suggested combinations include soursop-coconut, soursop-strawberry, soursop- orange, soursop -acerola and soursop-passion fruit.
What iTi offers
iTi supplies aseptic soursop puree available in both cartons and drums. The product is 100% natural, GMO free, and produced from fresh, ripe, carefully selected fruit. It does not contain any artificial color, flavors, or preservatives. Soursop puree is processed in FDA registered facilities which are HACCP and Kosher-certified.