Graviola

Soursop

Annona muricata

Sinónimos:
Soursop, Guanábana
Graviola (Wikipedia)

Soursop
Soursop, Annona muricata.jpg
A spiy green fruit growing on a tree
Soursop fruit on its tree
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Magnoliids
Order:Magnoliales
Family:Annonaceae
Genus:Annona
Species:
A. muricata
Binomial name
Annona muricata
Synonyms

Annona macrocarpa Wercklé
Annona crassiflora Mart.
Guanabanus muricatus M.Gómez
Guanabanus muricatus (L.) M.Gómez
Annona bonplandiana Kunth
Annona cearensis Barb. Rodr.
Annona muricata Vell.

A. muricata flower

Soursop (also graviola, guyabano, and in Hispanic America, guanábana) is the fruit of Annona muricata, a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree. The exact origin is unknown; it is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and the Caribbean and is widely propagated. It is in the same genus, Annona, as cherimoya and is in the Annonaceae family. Soursop is known as sirsak in Indonesia, where it is widely available and believed to have medicinal benefits.

The soursop is adapted to areas of high humidity and relatively warm winters; temperatures below 5 °C (41 °F) will cause damage to leaves and small branches, and temperatures below 3 °C (37 °F) can be fatal. The fruit becomes dry and is no longer good for concentrate.

With an aroma similar to pineapple, the flavor of the fruit has been described as a combination of strawberries and apple with sour citrus flavor notes, contrasting with an underlying thick creamy texture reminiscent of banana.

Soursop is widely promoted (sometimes as "graviola") as an alternative cancer treatment, but there is no medical evidence it is effective for treating cancer or any disease.

Graviola (Wiktionary)

English

Noun

graviola (uncountable)

  1. Synonym of soursop

Portuguese

Etymology

Unknown.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˌɡɾa.vi.ˈɔ.la/

Noun

graviola f (plural graviolas)

  1. soursop (fruit)
    Synonyms: anona, ata, coração-de-negro, pinha, sape-sape (Africa)
  2. soursop (plant)
    Synonyms: anona, ata
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