I’m absolutely insanely CRAZY about this fruit called Guanabana in Spanish, Soursop in Jamaica, in the Philippines, it is called Guyabano, derived from the Spanish guanabana, and is also known as Graviola, it is eaten ripe, or used to make juices, smoothies, or ice cream. It’s really not a pretty fruit, when it’s harvested from the tree it has a pretty light green color with small spikes, as it ripens, it gets darker and becomes softer to the touch. Once it is cut open the pulp is white and a bit meaty with small seeds. The delicious fleshy pulp is very easy to remove away from the seeds. The seeds should not be eaten and are considered indigestible.
Today, I’m going to make Soursop- guanabana smoothie. The smell of this fruit is unexplainable, it’s fragrance is so inviting, you’ll just want to eat it. This is a fruit that I remember only consuming as ice cream or in a smoothie whenever I visited Haiti. Guanabana has always been a flavor I attributed to the Carribean. Don’t let the look of the fruit scare you.
I have to admit even living in South Florida, finding a reliable source for the fruit is rather difficult. There are ethnic and Asian markets that sell the fruit sometimes, but the quality isn’t always reliable. The alternative is to buy Goya frozen guanabana 100% pulp- that’s my go to when fresh isn’t available. The Alternative is good and will allow you to enjoy the taste of the Caribbean whenever you want.
Directions to make the Guanabana Smoothie
Step 1- Cut the soursop fruit lengthwise down the center. Scoop out the fruit pulp and deseed it. or if you are using the frozen pulp measure out 8 oz of the Goya Guanabana frozen fruit. Put this into the blender.
Step 2- Add 6oz of almond milk or cows milk, water if you prefer
Step 3 – Add 3 oz of plain yogurt
Step 4- 1 cup of ice cubes and blend until smooth.
Step 5- Pour into a tall glass, sit in a reclined chair outside and take a sip of the carribean.
(depending on the smoothies consistency, you may want to adjust it by adding some water, should it be too thick) just add 1 oz at a time then blend.
Soursop- Guanabana Smoothie
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