Characteristics of Soursop Tree (Annona muricata) in the Wild

Annona muricata
Soursop is a species of fruiting trees native to the tropical regions of America and the Caribbean, now the tree has been widely cultivated almost all over the world. Other names for the soursop tree include Graviola, Guyabano, GuanĂ¡bana, and Sirsak.

Soursop trees grow well in areas with high humidity and relatively warm winters. The tree cannot live in areas that have cold or snowy temperatures.

Soursop fruit is widely promoted as a cancer drug, but there is no effective medical evidence to treat cancer or any disease just by eating soursop.

 

Characteristics of Soursop Leaf

Annona muricata Leaf
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The leaves are oval or oval, shiny dark green, 12-16 cm long and 3-7 cm wide.

 

Characteristics of Soursop Flower

Annona muricata Flower
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The flowers appear opposite from the leaf or as an addition near the petiole, each with one or two flowers, sometimes three.

 

Characteristics of Soursop Fruit

Annona muricata Fruit
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Soursop fruit is dark green, ovoid, can reach 30 cm in diameter, prickly, and has a rather hard texture. Juicy flesh, sour, white, and aromatic aromatic scent.

Raw soursop contains 81% water, 17% carbohydrate, 1% protein, and has negligible fat. In a reference amount of 100 grams, raw soursop fruit supplies 66 calories, and only contains vitamin C as a significant amount (25%) of the Daily Value, without other micronutrients in large enough quantities.

The main supplier of soursop in the world is Mexico, followed by Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Haiti.

 

Characteristics of Soursop Tree

Annona muricata Tree
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Soursop trees are tolerant of bad soil and prefer to grow in the lowlands to an altitude of 1,200 m above sea level, and the trees cannot stand cold temperatures. This species is widely cultivated on large farms on all continents to harvest sweet and delicious fruit.

 

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