What Is a Soursop Fruit?


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Soursop fruit is a large, prickly fruit that grows on the graviola tree, which is found in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The fruit is a common ingredient in juice, candy, sorbet and ice cream. It is also sometimes a part of alternative medical treatments.

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The flavor is described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple. The trees it is harvested from are native to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Soursop fruit has been used to treat many conditions, including bacterial and parasitical infections, arthritis and cancer. Early research indicates that the fruit may be effective in cancer treatment, but as of 2013, no studies had been done using human participants. In addition, ingesting raw, unprocessed fruit appears to cause neurological problems in some people. The United States Federal Trade Commission determined that there was no credible scientific evidence that the extract of soursop can prevent, cure, or treat cancer of any kind, as of 2015.

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