Soursop or Mangoes for Breakfast?

1 Jul

Soursop with “eyes open”

Summer fruits are bursting in Antigua right now posing quite a delectable dilemma!Today, and for a few days in a row last week, I ate soursop, fresh from the trees at the back of Choose Life and Wellness  cottage.It’s prickly skin protects a tropical delight that should only be picked when its “eyes are open” meaning the  prickles stand up. It may then be left to ripen naturally. Once picked, you will know when it is ripe because its green, hard and prickly skin will become slightly darker,  yielding and tender. I think the skins get darker once you leave them on the tree to get ripe though……I ate mine sun-ripened from the tree.It was just laying there with its invitingly dark, sun-kissed skin saying, “Eat me! I’m ready to eat!” Once opened, I could not resist its call to action. The aroma caused me to salivate. I switched from eating my ripe mango twins (I’ve never seen twin mangoes before) to eating soursop instead and eat the mangoes for lunch! I’ll have to mention those twins again in another post too!

Mango Twins: This has to be a blessing right?

It’s hard to describe the smell of soursop but my response indicated that my body needed soursop more than mangoes today!

I recall first having Soursop, also referred to as Graviola and Guanabana, many years ago at Brother B’s… back in the day when Antigua was my vacation spot not my abode. It was my sister’s favourite drink. This locally made drink created from fresh fruit, water and spices, tasted like a fruity, ice-cream, sorbet, milkshake… deliciously sweet, cool and refreshing on a hot summer day and as the name suggests, soursop is sour but it’s sweet at the same time! I will definitely make it and post a local recipe for that later!

A Ripe Soursop

Today I delved into it with great pleasure. It’s creamy, white flesh is divided into pockets, most of which encapsulate an oval-shaped, brown-black seed. To eat it, I gently pull at that little pod with my fingers to release it from the skin, pop it in my mouth, remove the seed, suck the juice and just swallow the remaining fleshy, fibrous wad…no chewing required.   It’s highly fibrous so it’s good for cleansing the eliminative system as is most fruit.

Although I always avoid the soft edible spine in its centre (not shown in the picture), my husband gives it to our children. It is traditionally used for bedwetting; it strengthens the urinary system helping them to hold their pee! It works too.

Some people, like my girl Zehorah, the “Blossom in the Dessert”, had it for the first time, when she visited us in Antigua a short time ago, but did not like that you really could not chew it!

Blossom in the Desert Album

Recently, soursop received much popular press because it is being touted as the latest CANCER CURE and needless to say,  the price of it went through the roof. I am so grateful for the blessing
that mostly I eat soursop only from my own yard!

A Cancer Killer – 10,000 times stronger than Chemo!

Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to…

  • Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss
  • Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections
  • Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment
  • Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life

The source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America‘s largest drug manufacturers, the fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970′s! What those tests revealed was nothing short of mind numbing…

Extracts from the tree were shown to:

  • Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.
  • The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug!
  • What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells!

The National Cancer Institute performed the first scientific research in 1976.

The results showed that Graviola’s leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.”

Inexplicably, the results were published in an internal report and never released to the public…

What most people don’t realise is if your habits consist of only plant-based food, it naturally has anti-cancer properties that will automatically protect your immune system effortlessly. Therefore, it becomes highly unlikely that you will get cancer, unless of course, you have a faulty mindset and unresolved emotional issues!

Tea, anyone?

The leaf of the soursop/Graviola tree has been used for centuries for tea. It has sedative properties and around here, it is often combined with lemongrass and lime leaves to relieve colds and fevers. I like to add grated fresh ginger too to help sweat out any toxic overload. Drink this hot toddy just before bed when you have a fever or cold; wrap up real good and it will put you right to sleep! You’ll most likely wake up right-as-rain come morning. After a cleansing shower or bath to remove the toxins released through your skin, you will be good to go. So, if you don’t want to sleep don’t drink soursop leaf tea except at night of course.

Click here for a simple sour sop tea recipe from Trinidad.

More Healing Benefits of Soursop

For more information on healing benefits of the soursop follow these links:

How to use soupsop for cancer, lumbago, ulcers, and urinary bladder issues

10 health benefits of soursop

All trees are so powerful! I especially love fruit trees… When I was little, I always wanted an orchard of some sort so that I could pick my breakfast from the trees…and use the leaf as medicine…naturally. And now I do…


Peace and blessings



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