It’s soursop season here in Barbados. I remember when I was younger we had a tree in our back yard with these funny shaped prickly green fruits. I decided to make some soursop punch today as I am trying to include some healthier foods into my diet.
What is Soursop?
According to Wikipedia, The soursop is the fruit of the Annona muricata, a broad leaf flowering evergreen tree. Its exact origin is unknown.
What does it taste like?
It is creamy like a blend of banana and coconut. It may have a slightly tart citrus flavor with a hint of strawberry and or pineapple. The taste to me is really very unique and oh so delicious.
What are some of the Health Benefits?
The soursop is rich in Vitamin B, C, and antioxidants.
Some health benefits include :
Anti-inflammatory – Soothing pain and improving flexibility caused by arthritis or gout.
Relieves congestion and soothes irritation caused by respiratory ailments.
Relieves stress and can aid with insomnia.
The seeds can be pulverized, made into a paste and used as a beauty treatment which can reduce blemishes, wrinkles and age spots.
It contains unique organic compounds which can fight cancer.
It improves gastrointestinal health.
What can I make with it?
Soursop can be used to make tea (the leaves ) drinks, ice cream, smoothies and other tasty desserts. It is also applied to the skin as a beauty treatment.
Here’s what you need to make Soursop Punch
A ripe soursop . You will know it is ripe when it is soft to the touch.
2 Plastic containers
A fork and spoon for mixing
Nutmeg and Vanilla essence (or extract ) Sugar or sweetener of your choice
Water and Milk of your choice (I used evaporated milk )
1) Peel the soursop and break in into segments. Remove the heart which is in the middle and usually harder and a different color to the flesh.
2) Place segments in the strainer and run through until dry. Repeat until you have completed all segments.
3) Place dried soupsop and seeds into a container with water. You can run this through the strainer once more and toss.
Depending on the yield you can add more water (if it is too thick ) A bit of nutmeg, milk, vanilla essence and sugar (or sweetener of your choice). Mix according to your taste.
Place in the fridge and chill. You can place some of the punch in an ice tray and pop them in the freezer for a refreshing snack. Or if you have small plastic bags available you can make what we call In Barbados ”sucka bubbies” or cool aids.
I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy recipe. It is quite tasty and exotic.Let me know if you guys would give this a try. Love and Blessings Tachi
Sources Wikipedia and Organicfacts.net . Featured Image from Google.