The Anatomy of Soursop

Annona muricata, also known as Soursop.

Apparently, it is in the same genus as the chirimoya and the same family as the pawpaw.

Growing up, this was one of my older sister’s favourite fruits. I’d watch her eat it and suck creamy pulp from black seeds. Occassionally, I would tuck in and enjoy but it was her thing. Mostly.

Last August, I discovered the wonder that is Soursop cream, free from sugar and milk and every other thing – incredibly creamy and rich.

I would buy the thorned fruit and seek the best way to rid it of its green skin so I could meet the pulp.

The Skin

The green skin of a soursop has small thorns which might have been a protective mechanism for the fruit. When I was younger, we would cut the soursop open and then drag off the flesh.

Now I’m older, I realise it is much easier to peel the skin like you would a banana. And that’s what I do. Just like with Agbalumo, I take strips off and very little pulp adheres.


The Pulp

Once the skin is all removed, you have a long (mostly), soft and creamy fruit. I handle it with tenderness.


The Stalk

Nestled in the centre of the fruit is a thick stalk, running up to halfway or more, of the length of the pulp.


More on The Pulp

The pulp is more than white flesh. It also contains black shiny, toxic seeds. The flesh is arranged in long ‘strips’/ segments.


I take those apart. One can eat them very much that way – flesh, pulp, fibre.


The Seeds

Toxic. Like the seeds of the Custard Apple. The seeds are sheathed in the thin, creamy pulp. I basically push them out of the soursop flesh, till I have a mound and have given the pile a good going over to make sure no seeds remain. 

I discard them.


And the rest is yours to keep. White, tropical fruit.


Creamy & fresh. Waiting on more…

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  1. My mum actually grows some soursop. I never had it growing up so when she started talking about how great it was, I was lost. Then I went home and tried some from her farm. It was surprisingly sweet – I liked it. I’d love to see what you do with it.

  2. One of my Fav fruits yet! ooo i love you Ozoz!. Creamy sweet fruit. “Natural Icecream” 🙂 Growing up, older folks called this “ShawanShop” Not sure why. LOL. We had it growing in our backyard in Lagos, it is still there! Sometimes birds will get the ripe fruits before us and eat a big portion of it. I love soursop! the smell, everything…. I miss home 🙁

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