The golden soursop (Annona muricata) is a fruit from the Annonaceae family native to South America.
It has many unique benefits and features, and its golden yellow color makes it incredibly beautiful and is sought out by many for its uniqueness. After all, it’s golden soursop!
In this article, we’ll explore the golden soursop and a little history of golden soursops, as well as its medicinal and culinary uses as well as the differences and similarities with the traditional green soursop.
What is the golden soursop fruit?
The golden soursop is a regular soursop (Annona muricata) fruit that naturally has a yellow tint to the soursop fruit instead of green.
Is the yellow or golden soursop different from the regular green soursop?
The color is the only difference between golden and green soursop. The yellow soursop is still the same fruit as the green soursop (Annona muricata), just a yellow tint.
Does the golden soursop taste different from the regular green soursop?
Golden soursop tastes just like regular soursop; the only difference is the golden color of the fruit’s skin.
Some individuals have tried the golden soursop and claim it has a slight pineapple taste.
All soursops, green or yellow, can generally vary from sweet to sour.
Where does the golden soursop come from?
The golden soursop is said to have originated in South America in Colombia, as Colombia is rich in biodiversity and grows some of the best soursops in the world.
There is a photo of an individual standing at a soursop (Annona muricata) fruit stall in Cartagena, Colombia, with a large golden soursop. The fruit stall is called ‘El Rey Del Guanabana’ or ‘The King of Soursops.’
I have visited this stall, but unfortunately, they did not have a golden soursop. I did ask the vendor, and he did say there are golden soursop trees in Colombia, and they get fruits a few times a year from them.
It is important to note that golden soursops are growing worldwide, especially in Australia, as many have been cultivated there.
Does the golden soursop tree look different from a regular green soursop tree?
The golden soursop has some physical characteristics that distinguish it from a green soursop tree, such as the leaves, new growth of the leaves, and the tree’s bark.
The golden soursop tree has golden/ yellow tinted leaves.
The golden soursop has a much deeper yellow tint to the leaves than the green soursop.
This yellow tint in the leaves can also be seen when starting seeds from the golden soursop.
Are there any other yellow or golden Annona fruits?
A yellow or golden sugar apple (Annona squamosa) produces yellowish leaves and has a yellow exterior fruit that originated in Thailand. The yellow sugar apple is similar to the yellow soursop (Annona muricata) in its yellow tint to its leaves and fruit.
What does yellow soursop look like on the inside?
The yellow soursop inside is white, with black seeds aligning in the center of the fruit. It looks the same as regular green soursop (Annona reticulata) on the inside.
Nutritional Value of the yellow soursop fruit
Golden or yellow soursop per 100 grams of fruit contains 66 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, 16.84 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein.
Health Benefits of Consuming Golden Soursops
Golden soursops have an abundance of antioxidants that can help protect your body from illnesses and overall keep your body healthy.
Studies have shown that consuming this delicious fruit can reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune system.
Furthermore, consuming this fruit will provide nutrients to keep your skin glowing.
Culinary Uses for Golden Soursops
Another great benefit of this incredible fruit is its culinary uses; it can be used in many juices and desserts, such as ‘Batido de guanabana’ or soursop milkshake, and can even be used to make delicious ice cream!
It can be eaten fresh or juiced to make a delicious healthy drink.
Where can I get a yellow or golden soursop fruit?
You can purchase a golden soursop fruit from the ‘Rey del la Guanabana’ in Cartagena, Colombia.
In conclusion, golden soursop (Annona muricata) is a unique Annona fruit for its yellow or golden skin color on the outside. Although the soursop fruit tastes almost identical, it is prized for its exotic color and is one to seek for those tropical fruit tree collectors.