The tropical fruit of the Annona muricata, the “guanabana”, is an almost miraculous fruit that has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. First by the indigenous and now by everyone who knows the extent of its powers. Starting by the great source of vitamin C, iron, magnesium and potassium; to its aid against malignant cells of 12 types of cancer (including colon, breast, prostate and lung), relieving hemorroide pain, prevention against osteoporosis and insomnia. The seeds can be turned into powder to be used as insect repellent.
Guanabanas are native in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia and thus it is known by various names like graviola, guanábano, catuche, catoche, anona de México, anona de la India o mole, or soursop.
Guanabanas grow all year around, they have crooked heart-shape with small spike-like protrusions. The skin is dark-green and turns slightly yellowish-green when ripe. Their shelve life is only a few days hence why it is most commonly cultivated at home. Though nowadays one must fight the non native squirrels that have become a plague in the south of Mexico as the delicious taste of this fruit is one of their favourites; and of course guanabanas are to be shared with the native tlacuaches.