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Welcome back to our monthly issue of ‘Home Gardener’, a blog for beginners and passionate gardeners, where we share tips on how to start your own home garden and everything you need to know about vegetables, fruits and herbs.

In this month’s topic, I chose ‘Soursop’ or ‘Graviola’, you may know it by its Sinhala names as ‘Weli Atha – Annona Reticulata’ or ‘Katu Anoda – Annona Muricata’, these are two different varieties that belong to the Annonaceae family.

Like any other fruit and vegetables that we know of, Soursop comes highly packed with nutrition that promotes our health and helps ward off various ailments. Click on the ‘next’ button to learn more about this fruit and find out how and why it’s good for you. 

Soursop: Nutritional Value

The first time I’ve had this fruit, I couldn’t describe its taste and all I knew is that it tasted just heavenly and I couldn’t resist eating the whole fruit. As for its taste, some describe it as a combination of fruity flavours, pineapple and strawberry with a hint of citrus zest, while its soft pulp and fibre are used for beverages, desserts, smoothies, and candy, as well as a wealth of traditional medical treatments still practised in many parts of the world. The soursop is primarily grown in central and South America, along with the Caribbean and parts of South East Asia.

Soursop is very low in calories, so you don’t have to worry about gaining any extra pounds, and surprisingly, a 100g serving yields the following:

Energy

66kcal

Total Carbohydrates

16g

Sugar

13g

Fibre

3g

Protein

1g

Folic Acid

14μg (microgram)

Vitamin C

20.6MG

Magnesium

21mg

Potassium

270mg

… and this is not even half of it! Soursop is also packed with a substantial amount of Iron, Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Sodium and B-vitamins. As you know, each of these nutrients plays a vital role in our system.

Now that you know Soursop is packed with nutrients, let’s move on to the part where we read about its benefits.

Next: Soursop: Health Benefits