Guanábana or Soursop
Guanábana is a large, green, prickly tropical fruit with a white, creamy, and delicious sweet flesh that is often used to make juices, ice cream, and other sweets. Although large soursops can weigh up to 6 kg, OCATI® opts for smaller sized fruit for export.
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How to store
- 8 - 12ºc
Research into the health benefits of this fruit is currently being carried out in the following areas:
Cancer prevention and treatment
Guanábana or Soursop is...
A HIGH SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
Half a cup of guanábana provides 34% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps support the immune system; it also helps with wound healing, the production of collagen, and it increases the amount of iron that our bodies can absorb from plants. Guanábana is also rich in antioxidants (flavonoids), which help our bodies fight toxins and free radicals.
A GOOD NATURAL SOURCE OF DIETARY FIBER
A serving (100 grams) of guanábana provides 12% of the recommended daily intake of soluble dietary fiber. Dietary fiber helps lower bad cholesterol, improves digestion, and helps maintain bowel health. The recommended intake of fiber per day is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF MAGNESIUM
Half a cup of guanábana provides 5% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium. This powerful mineral regulates mineral balance in our body, and helps with energy production and enzyme activity.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF IRON
A serving of guanábana (100 grams) provides 3% of the recommended daily intake of iron. Iron is needed for the production of hemoglobin, and it also helps build healthy muscles.
Also known as guyabano, pinha, sour zapote, sirsak and graviola, this fruit is originally from Central and South America. It belongs to the same family of fruits as the anón, the guama and the chirimoya. The Chimú Indians, a pre-Columbian culture from the coasts of Perú, often depicted the guanábana in their ceramic work. Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean writer, had his first encounter with the guanábana in Cuba, and he was so impressed with its flavor that he wrote about his experience in “Memories of La Havana”. In Colombia the fruit grows in the regions of Tolima, Valle del Cauca, Santander, Cundinamarca, Huila, Antioquia, and in some parts of the Coffee Belt. Did you know that the guanábana is believed to be a powerful anticarcinogen? It has a high concentration of acetogenins, which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. There are over 150 species of guanábana, all containing a high nutritional value. Some people place the leaves of the guanábana tree under their pillow to ward off bad dreams.
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