Soursop is a broad leaved flowering evergreen tree native to Central America and the Caribbean. It belongs to the same family of trees as the PawPaw. It is now grown all over Western Africa too.
It is the fruit that the tree bears which is best known, the flavour of which has been described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple, with sour citrus flavour notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavour reminiscent of coconut or banana.
The leaves and wood of the tree have traditional medicinal uses however, principally as an alternative cancer treatment for which it must be said there is no medical evidence to suggest that it is in any way effective.
The leaves and wood contain vitamin C, B1 and B2 and is used locally and traditionally to help with diabetes and rheumatism.
The plant has attracted significant pharmaceutical interest recently in the fields of controlling diabetes and ascertaining if any anti cancer properties exist. no large scale human trials have been undertaken though so its largely a traditional belief that fuels public interest.