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The soursop (Annona muricata) is closely related to the sweetsop (Annona squamosa) although, as the name suggests, the fruit has a more sour taste. Soursops are much larger than sweetsops and have a somewhat irregular shape. The green skin is covered with large blunt spikes. Inside the skin the white flesh has a soft, creamy texture. The sour taste of the flesh is quite subtle, not overpoweringly sour like a tart pineapple.
There are lot of claims made over the healthy properties of the soursop. Like many fruits, soursops are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including fibre, calcium and vitamin c. There is also some widely reported anecdotal evidence that soursop is effective at combatting cancer, particularly if the leaves or the bark are made in to a tea. These claims have not been rigorously tested and there is no scientific evidence to support the claim.© 2014 Jamaica Travel and Culture .com