Soursops — my new favorite fruit!
Fruit vendors in Boracay had some crazy tropical fruits I’d never seen before, along with the delicious and numerous mangoes of various varieties. We passed on durians this time, though they were there.
On a whim we got one of this odd looking fruit they called “Gayabanos,” which Wikipedia redirects to Soursop. Weird name in English, but it has many names in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia.
It tastes like a mangosteen, but is bigger and easier to eat, with fewer seeds. Holy cow, it tastes amazing! If I could describe it I would. It’s tangy, sweet, tart, creamy, juicy, and more. Wikipedia says
Its flavor has been described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple with sour citrus flavor notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavor reminiscent of coconut or banana
which isn’t far off.
Chowhound says it’s banned in the U.S. though
It’s BANNED by the USDA as a fresh fruit import – the skin is prone to carrying med-flies and other crop-destroying larvae…only once have I ever seen it sold and that was by a Caribbean street fruit vendor in Brooklyn about eight years ago.
If you see one of these golden morsels, buy it and eat it! Or send it to me and I’ll eat it.
Fruit lessons on life
When you’re eating good food with good friends, it’s hard to have problems in life. In other words, filling your life with fresh fruits and vegetables puts a lower limit on how bad in can possibly be.
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