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Taste of the Caribbean: The Sweetness of Soursop

Taste of the Caribbean: The Sweetness of Soursop
tru-juice of Jamaica Exotic Soursop Juice
Tru-Juice of Jamaica Exotic Soursop Juice

The other day, our dad came to visit me in Brooklyn and we got to talking about what Stephen and I have been up to with Uncommon Caribbean. He’s a pretty avid reader (hi, dad!), so he’s noticed that I’ve been writing about my favorite West Indian soft drinks like Peardrax, and Mauby Fizz. These posts seemed interesting enough to him, but he had to ask: “Patrick, do you think writing about drinks is really going to get people to travel to the Caribbean?”

The simple answer is “of course not”, but that was never the intention. My real hope is that when any of you good readers are enticed to travel to the region to experience the many hikes, dives, concerts, hotels, and islands we discuss… you won’t quench your thirst with a Diet Coke, but will instead try a Ting. You won’t wash down your roti with a Budweiser, you’ll try a Banks, a Royal Stout, a Piton, or any of the other special island beverages we highlight on Uncommon Caribbean.

And that brings me to another decidedly delicious West Indian taste: soursop.

soursop
soursop By digitonin via Flickr

Soursop (a favorite of our dad) is a fruit that usually grows to about 10 inches long and has a fairly thin, but formidable, green skin with short spikes. Beneath this skin is a thick, white pulpy flesh peppered with small, shiny, black, indigestible seeds. The thick flesh has a sweet taste, something like a mix between strawberries and pineapples with a uniquely sour hint similar to bananas. Try mixing all that together in your head and you’d be close.

Now, soursop can be made into a whole host of delights like candy and ice cream (don’t even get our dad started), but the main thing I want to focus on today is a delectable version of soursop juice that I found recently, which is bottled by Tru-Juice of Jamaica. Adding a hint of lime, Tru-Juice’s Exotic Soursop with Lime Juice Drink is by far the best mass-produced soursop juice I have ever tasted. It’s still a bit thick and creamy, like an authentic soursop juice should be, and the splash of lime compliments the sweet and sour soursop flavors perfectly.

soursop nutritional benefits
soursop nutritional benefits

And did I mention soursop contains significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2? Like most traditional drinks of the West Indies, it’s also good for you! It’s even high in fiber and iron. Additionally, the juice is a remedy for urethritis, haematuria and liver ailments. It’s even said that the juice can speed the healing of wounds! (I hope I won’t be testing that notion anytime soon)…

Anyway, If you want to get a taste of this “superfruit”, try grabbing a bottle today. It’s easier than tramping through the bush and safer than stealing from someone’s yard!

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  • http://sandyslipper.com/ Fabian

    Awe man thanks for reminding about how good soursop tastes. I haven’t had one a little while, time to go hunting this weekend. Great post!

  • http://bhammar.blogspot.com/ Beth Hammar

    Where would you find this in the states, particularly Michigan.
    I just returned from a missions trip to St. Croix and some of my team members tried homemade soursop, I never had the opportunity to try it but would like to.
    Any suggestions?

    • http://enjoypatrickresponsibly.com Patrick

      Hey there, Beth. This bottle was purchased from our local West Indian store. I’m not sure where there might be one in Michigan. You can, however, order a 12 pack from Amazon here: http://amzn.com/B0032VSRWW

      Cheers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-De-La-Mata/1157616177 Elaine De La Mata

    Delicious! I love it!

  • Kishouh

    I love Soursop. I grew up in Haiti and it is a favorite of ours! But it is so hard to find it here in the US. I just found out that it is 10,000 more powerful than chemotherapy [as researched by Purdue University] So besides all the great things you mentioned, it is a natural cancer-killer! I love it :)

    • uncommoncarib

      Cures cancer!? We’re going to have to look into this. Thanks for the info. We’re hoping to have soursop juice in our store soon, so stay tuned for a new way to get your fix.

  • JOHN DOE

    Had a soursop tree in our backyard as a kid, and everytime it would bear we all knew what that meant, JUICE!!! It was good. Since I moved to NY in ’01, I hadn’t tasted soursop UNTIL a few months ago I went for lunch and saw this drink. I was skeptical since it was mass produced, but it was damn good. My only regret is that I only got one.

    • uncommoncarib

      Hey “John”,

      You should be able to find it in some small bodegas in NYC. Definitely in the West Indian parts of Brooklyn around Flatbush and Chruch ave. Additionally, Goya has their own version (though I don’t believe it tastes as well) which you should be able to find in most hispanic grocery shops in the city.

      Let us know if you track any down!

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  • Donald romain

    I get fresh sour sop in Brooklyn every week the best fresh ones 1127 nostrand and midwood Brooklyn ny 11212

    • uncommoncarib

      Thanks for the tip Donald! We’ll have to check it out.

  • Marsha

    I went to New York in June..went to a lil place for food..there I found this Soursop Juice ..I would like to send to buy this. How?

    • uncommoncarib

      Hey @disqus_ULuYU5iSla:disqus, I’m not sure I understand the question. What are you trying to do?