Guanabana or Soursop in Cuba | Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews Forums

How many of you tried this great fruit called Guanabana in Cuba. I saw it a few times but did not have a chance to "eat it" until this year when we bought it on the street from person who was selling it. We did not eat it but we drank it! We actually made natural juice in the blender and when I tasted this for first time I was surprised how good taste this fruit has. Later on I found out that Guanabana is known by a different of names in different countries such as soursop, cherimoya, custard apple, Brazilian paw paw and graviola. Some people say that this fruit is great fighter of many diseases such as heart disease, asthma, liver issues, arthritis, sleep disorders, fevers and cough. Lately I was able to read online that it attack cancer cells safely and effectively. So you can believe in healing powers of Guanabana if you wish or not but I would suggest that you try this fruit just for taste of it! Here is the photo of Guanabana fruit:

Did you have a chance to try this great fruit? Do you know anything about healing powers of this fruit? Please share with us!

we had soursop icecream in grenada last year….i preferred the coconut icecream to it. lol.

I never tried guanabana ice cream but I would like to try it. Juice / milkshake was so good.

We lived with a 5 meter Annona Muricata Guanabana tree similar to the above photo, in our patio in Mexico so I had a chance to study it some. Guanabanas are awesome plants as bugs or ants didn’t bother leaves and fruits, even birds wouldn’t damage the fruit. That tree flowered and produced large about foot long heavy fruit throughout the year, although guanabana in markets were usually smaller.I like the flavor of guanabana, sort of a cross between pineapple and citrus but my wife dislikes it because the juice has a faint pine resin flavor. Agua de Guanabana and guanabana sorbet ice cream is popular along the west coast of Mexico and Cherimoya fruit also of the Annona family is commonly sold in the local markets.We didn’t use Guanabana fruit often though as the tree leaves, bark and fruit are considered to be medicinal by some locals and contain the neurotoxin Annonacin, although the fruit pulp has very small amounts of this toxin. Some would use the leaves and fruit rinds as a natural insecticide, biting into either gives a very strong flavor of pine needles and numbs the lips and tongue quickly. The hard brown black seeds of both guanabana and cherimoya are considered to be highly poisonous and care is taken to discard them so that children or pets can’t get at them.Thanks for posting about these Zee, the flavor of guanabana really make these one my favorite tropical fruit when we can find them.

@flygt thank you very much for adding info to this thread. I am glad that you like the fruit and know a lot about it. Would be great if some of the members can try it as well once they travel to Cuba or other country. Thanks!

GRAVIOLA is a more widely used North American name and is used a lot in homoeopathic care
Other Names:

  • Annona cherimola,
  • Toge-Banreisi.
  • Annona cherimola
  • Annona macrocarpa
  • Annona muricata
  • Brazilian Cherimoya, Brazilian Paw Paw
  • Corossol, Corossol Épineux
  • Corossolier,
  • Durian Benggala
  • Guanabana
  • Guanavana
  • Nangka Blanda, Nangka Londa
  • Soursop, Sour Sop
  • Toge-Banreisi

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