Soursop is the fruit of Annona muricata, a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America, primarily Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Soursop is also produced in some parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. It is in the same genus as the chirimoya and the same family as the pawpaw.
The soursop is adapted to areas of high humidity and relatively warm winters; temperatures below 5 °C will cause damage to leaves and small branches, and temperatures below 3 °C can be fatal. The fruit becomes dry and is no longer good for concentrate.
Other common names include: "Coração de Boi" Mozambique, Evo (Ewe, Volta Region, Ghana),"Ekitafeeli", Uganda, "Stafeli" Swahili, Aluguntugui (Ga, Greater Accra Region, Ghana) guanábana (Spanish), graviola (Brazilian Portuguese, anona (European Portuguese), corossol, sorsaka (Papiamento), adunu (Acholi), Brazilian pawpaw, guyabano, guanavana, toge-banreisi, durian benggala, durian belanda, nangka blanda, sirsak, zuurzak (Dutch), tomoko (Kiswahili) and nangka londa. In Malayalam, it is called aathakka, literally thorny custard apple. The other lesser-known Indian names are shul-ram-fal and Lakshmana Phala. and in Harar (Ethiopia) in Harari language known for centuries as Amba Shoukh (Thorny Mango or Thorny Fruit).
The flavour has been described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple, with sour citrus flavour notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavour reminiscent of coconut or banana.
Soursop is widely promoted (sometimes as "graviola") as a alternative cancer treatment. There is however no medical evidence that it is effective
Benefits of soursop leaves have been studied recently in a study, that the leaves of the soursop tree is very effective for prostate cancer, pancreas and lung. The results of this study turned out to have been stored for many years since ancient times. Even based on 20 laboratory tests on the benefits of soursop leaves taken since 1970 show remarkable results, soursop leaf has excellent properties, such as:
Attacking cancer cells effectively because it does not harm to healthy cells, and does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss.
Soursop leaves have an effective target and kill malignant cells for 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.
Ability to increase energy in the body.
Increase stamina and fitness.
Helps boost the immune system and avoid deadly infections.
Able to prevent free radicals, and many other benefits.
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