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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT – Soursop, the fruit of Annona muricata

The idea behind this column is to promote the culture of eating what we grow and growing what we eat. It goes without saying that a healthy mind can only be found in a healthy body. There is also a saying which appears simple but is in fact deep in meaning, “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”.

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” -Ancient Earthian Ayurvedic Proverb

This week will take a look at another amazing fruit “SOURSOP” which is available in The Gambia sometimes referred to as “SISOP.

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, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. 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 (41 °F) will cause damage to leaves and small branches, and temperatures below 3 °C (37 °F) can be fatal. The fruit becomes dry and is no longer good for concentrate.

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 an alternative cancer treatment. There is, however, no medical evidence that it is effective

Soursop Smoothie (a Natural Cancer Fighter)


  • 1/2 cup soursop pulp
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tsp sugar or 1/4 tsp stevia
  • 7-8 ice cubes
  • 1/2 tsp pistachio for garnish


Cut into half and scoop the pulp out and remove the seeds.

In a blender make a smoothie with all the above ingredients. Pour it in a serving glass and garnish with the pistachios and serve immediately.


  1. Grinding the ice cubes with the soursop makes it a perfect chilled smoothie.
  2. Soursop is best to select if it is turning lightly yellow and a little soft when pressed outside.
  3. Adding nuts is optional however it gives a wonderful nutty texture to the smoothie



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