What is Soursop?

Learn about Soursop fruit

Below are common questions and answers about soursop. These facts were gathered from a variety of sources on- and offline.


What is Soursop?

Soursop is a long, prickly fruit that comes from the graviola tree. It is an evergreen tree native to Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America. It’s also known as custard apple, guanabana and Brazilian paw paw. See additional synonyms in the list below.

What are other words for soursop?

Soursop is known by a variety of different words. They include the following synonyms or related words:

  • Soursop
  • Graviola
  • Guanabana
  • Brazilian Paw Paw
  • Custard Apple
  • Custard Pear
  • Cherimoya
  • Annona muricata

Learn more about the origins of these words that are related or are direct synonyms to the word “soursop” and fruit. Click here.

Where does soursop grow?

Soursop grows in tropical climates and can be found growing naturally in Mexico, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia as well as Central and South America. It is grown in small volumes on farms in southern Florida. However the vast major of fresh soursop fruit sold in the US is grown in Grenada. Soursop leaves are imported into the US from all over the world including. This soursop store imports its premium leaves from Malaysia.

What does the soursop fruit and plant look like?

Soursop is a long, prickly fruit that comes from the Graviola tree.

Can I grow soursop at home?

You can obtain seeds and grow the soursop fruit at home provided you keep the tree it grows on in a warm tropical environment where the plant is exposed to lots of sunlight. In its natural habitat, the Graviola tree grows in tropical rainforests with high humidity. Learn more

Can I make soursop leaves into tea?

Soursop grows on a tree called the Graviola, and its leaves can be made into tea. It is the most affordable way to consume soursop to take advantage of its health benefits. See what soursop tea products are available.

Can eating soursop cure cancer?

This is a controversial topic and requires some extensive information and explanation. You can see a detailed discuss of this health claim in our “Can soursop cure cancer” post.

What does soursop taste like?

Fans of soursop describe its taste as a combination of pineapple and mango. Or some say strawberry and banana. Read more.

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