Soursop seedlings, Annona muricata, or Brazilian pawpaw, tree of the custard apple family (Annonaceae), is grown for its large edible fruits. The fruit of the soursop tree has a spiny outer skin with a soft, heavily seed-laden pulped interior.
Features of Soursop Seedlings
- It is soil tolerant, although it flourishes in well-drained, sandy soil with a pH of 5-6.5.
- A rapid grower, soursop trees produce their first crop three to five years from the seedling.
- It grows well in warm climates with high humidity.
- The passion fruit can grow to reach about 8 metres (26 feet)
- The soursop tree has broad-ended oval evergreen leaves about 12 cm (5 inches) long.
- The aromatic fruits are oval, spiny, and green-skinned; they grow about 20 cm (8 inches) long and weigh up to 4.5 kg (10 pounds)
- Soursop’s flavour can best be described as a cross between mango and pineapple.
Benefits of soursop
- Soursop is high in vitamin C, an antioxidant known to boost immune health.
- The fruit’s fibrous white flesh can be eaten fresh or used in making food varieties, such as custards, ice creams, and even drinks.
- It contains a daily recommended allowance of fibre which helps with digestion.
- It possesses potential anti-carcinogenic effects.
- It is a good source of healthy essential nutrients and helps to lower high blood pressure.
- Soursop helps to fight inflammation and provides antibacterial effects.
- It is can help to calm the irritation and itching of the skin.
- Soursop can promote a healthy scalp by eradicating dandruff easily.