Evergreen outside, pure-whiter inside
What is the guanabana? Guanabana is the most popular of the Annona species. It originates from the northern area of South America, but is cultivated throughout the tropical region of the Americas. The Spanish took this fruit to the Eastern Hemisphere where it became established in India, Polynesia and South East Asia.
The fruit is oval and heartshaped with small pliable spined covering the skin. It can be 30cm long and 15cm wide. It weights around 3kg.
Inside the fruit there is an inner part of edible white pulp and a non edible seed core. The flesh is soft, cream-white and composed of many segments whic can be easily broken off. Each of these may contain a single brwon seed whic must be removed because it can be toxic.
The Guanabana is unique. Its creamy white color and the flavor is on a range between pineapple and strawberry, blended into sour citrus notes.
The guanabana tree is tall and bushy with upturned branches. It grows at sea level and up to elevations of 1.500meter in tropical climates. Is is harvested throughout the year, but there are two main harvest seasons: between December and March and between June and August.