Yes, I am familiar with both fruits. Eat while you still can.....you only live once! Remember this little white kitty from not too long ago? I am sure it is refreshing and good. The fruit’s fibrous white flesh, which combines the flavours of mango and pineapple, can be eaten fresh and is strained to make custards, ice creams, and drinks. I've yet to try the soursop juice. Soursop, or guanabana (A. muricata), sweetsop (A. squamosa), and cherimoya (A. cherimola) are widely cultivated worldwide. ^o^, I eat, I pay, I leave.....and then I tell it as it is (no invited reviews)! Yes, custard apple is sweet. Corrections? ^.^, If it's good, eat it again.....and again.....and again, if it's not.....eat it once.....and never again! The name is also used in Portuguese as ata. It is in the same genus, Annona, as cherimoya and is in the Annonaceae family. Feels "jelak". 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Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Black Friday Sale! Omissions? I've been hearing how good the pork noodles at this place, Mama Love Restaurant @ Cheras , is. Now, I have to pay RM3 for one. I'd love to hear from you. Used to be able to pluck it off (for free) from trees in the old days but now one costs me a whopping RM3. Yeah, I've heard about its cancer fighting benefits as well, but not proven. The Spanish traders of Manila galleons brought it to Asia. I've always known this fruit as "ho mou lau lin" (direct translation: English durian) or otherwise known as "durian belanda" in Malay. Even better, we will be staying at the Iberostar Rose Hall and it would be great if there was a fruit delivery service we can use. Native to the American tropics, the tree has been widely introduced in the Old World tropics. Drop me a note or just give me a holler at [email protected] if you have anything to ask or run by me. Soursop (also graviola, guyabano, and in Latin America, guanábana) is the fruit of Annona muricata, a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree. It's been a long while (a good 5 months) since I've dined out....and by that, I mean a proper dine-out...and at a new place. It is smaller in size and has no soft spikes. The soursop I have eaten before is sourish sweet but more to sour and never totally sweet. Not too sure about it but I know durian belanda or soursop is in great demand these days as they say it has a lot of health benefits, can fight cancer or something. For those who love soursop.....smoothie, ice cream, sorbet....all good! This was another recent gem of a find after the excellent kai see hor fun in Jalan San Peng . Hard to find at the market now and very expensive. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Updates? 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). The exact origin is unknown; it is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and the Caribbean and is widely propagated. Like the soursop, it has a sweet, delicious and creamy white flesh and black seeds. It is smaller in size and has no soft spikes. The plant is usually cultivated from seed and grows well in warm climates with high humidity. The sugar-apple, or sweetsop, is the fruit of Annona squamosa, the most widely grown species of Annona and a native of tropical climate in the Americas and West Indies. Back in those days, in my aunty's "kampung" (village), you can find it growing abundantly on trees and we would, as a kid, pluck it off the trees and bury them in (uncooked) rice to hasten the ripening process. It's funny, how in our quest for food, we learn a thing or two along the way.....and that's wonderful. I absolutely love to eat sweetsop and the only thing that's stopping me is it takes a bit of effort to eat it, but (then again), no pain...no gain, I suppose ;). I love sour soup! The custard apple has clear distinct flesh surrounding each seed (many seeds) but the soursop has big chunks of flesh (not distinct) around its seeds (not that many seeds). Yeah, I like to eat sweetsop but hate to manoeuvre around the many seeds. In a commercial setting, it must be pollinated by hand. Soursop, (Annona muricata), also called guanabana, graviola, or Brazilian pawpaw, tree of the custard apple family (Annonaceae), grown for its large edible fruits. Somehow I alway send up ordering Ambra juice or Lime with Sour Plum :), Ooo....I like ambra juice and lime with sour plum as well =). Reaching about 8 metres (26 feet), the soursop tree has broad-ended oval evergreen leaves about 12 cm (5 inches) long. I've only drank soursop juice but have not seen or eaten the fruit. In Venezuela they froze it and made it into a delicious smoothie. (Or is it just me...not knowledgeable enough) The thing I've been calling a soursop all this while was actually a sweetsop :D !! This article was most recently revised and updated by, Trade Winds Fruit - Soursop - Annona muricata. I guess life is a journey of learning! See also custard apple. The fruit weighs between 1.3 and 3.6 kg (3 to 8 pounds) and reaches 15 to 20…. The sweetsop (sometimes also called custard apple) is actually a relative of the soursop. Premium Membership is now 50% off! Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. I soon realised that the one I've been eating is actually known a, So, it looks like I've learned something new.....a soursop and a sweetsop is two different things...did you know? Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... >soursop, or guanabana) also is native to the American tropics; it probably originated in Brazil or the Antilles. I love to eat both but now too expensive for me to eat them already. I only know custard apple as custard apple and not sweetsop and I love to eat it when I was young. I was at my neighbourhood morning market (the other day) when I chanced upon this fruit.....a fruit that I don't usually see selling much these days. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Soursop has been promoted as an alternative cancer treatment, but clinical studies in humans are lacking. Alligator apple, or corkwood (A. glabra), a native of South America and West Africa, is valued for its roots, which serve the same purposes as cork… We are big fans of the soursop and sweetsop (custard apples we called it in Texas/ Florida).We're going to Jamaica for 4 days and was wondering if there are fruit markets near the Montego Bay / Rose Hall area where we can visit to shop for these fruits. I like to eat them but due to the creamy texture, I can't eat much.