Sweet and Soursop
Graviola (pronounced grah-vee-oh-la), also known as “soursop”, is an oval, heart-shaped fruit with dark green, prickly skin from the Annona Muricata family that grows throughout the subtropics of Brazil. The flesh of the fruit is a white and creamy pulp with large black seeds. Its taste ranges from tart to semi-sweet and is often compared to a mix of strawberry and pineapple.
Benefits of Graviola
Contains a variety of polyphenols and flavonoids, as well as other antioxidants.
Includes potassium, nature’s electrolyte.
A 100 gram serving of graviola contains over 3 grams of dietary fiber.
Immunity supporting plant sterols.
The History of Graviola
Also known as “soursop,” the stems, leaves, pulp, and seeds of the graviola plant were used in ancient South American culture, and were used to treat a number of internal and external ailments.
During European exploration and colonization, writings mentioning graviola appear as early as 1587.
Before long, graviola seeds became widely available, and the trees are now grown not only in the Amazon Forest and northeastern Brazil, but also the rainforests of Southeast Asia and the jungles of the Caribbean.
The Graviola tree belongs to the muricata species of trees, which is classified in the Annona subdivision of the Annonaceae tree family. It is a small evergreen tree with broad leaves that produces large, heart-shaped fruits with delicious creamy pulp on the inside. The trees flourish best in areas with high humidity and warm temperate winters.
Graviola trees typically fruit in the third year and produce year-round in ideal growing conditions.
At Amafruits, we use graviola from small family farmers in the Amazon regions of Brazil, where it is pulped, pureed, and immediately frozen for peak freshness.