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Q: Soursop Guanabana ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Soursop Guanabana
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: yamila-ga
List Price: $6.00
Posted: 19 Feb 2003 15:04 PST
Expires: 21 Mar 2003 15:04 PST
Question ID: 163619
Direct me to a site where I can buy fresh whole soursop fruit and have
it shipped to my home in the United States.  Not preserves, puree,
frozen, etc.  'Mountain Soursop' is not the same thing.  The site must
be selling the actual fruit online.  Please don't offer physical
addresses or phone numbers. I'm paying for a lead to a functional web
site that sells the fresh fruit.
Subject: Re: Soursop Guanabana
Answered By: tehuti-ga on 19 Feb 2003 16:32 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello yamita,

Mmmm, I had soursop once when I was in the Caribbean, and can
understand why you want a regular supply of this delicious fruit! ships to the US from Jamaica and can supply fresh
soursop when it is in season.  Ordering is online:

Search strategy: soursop online
yamila-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $4.00
Thank you so much!  I don't know how you found it, but this was just
what I was looking for!  Here's a tip to make it an even $10.  :DDDDD

Subject: Re: Soursop Guanabana
From: journalist-ga on 19 Feb 2003 15:57 PST
Greetings Yamila:

I am posting this in the Comments section because I do not have an
actual seller website for you.  if you wish to accept my comments as
an answer, please post thusly and I'll be happy to claim the fee.  It
has been difficult to find imported soursop fruit:

"Small sweet soursop fruits are recommended for the fresh market,
while large acid ones suitable for the processing industry (Pinto and
Silva, 1996). However, fruits are soft and when ripe are perishable
with rapid fermentation. Handling and processing have to be adapted to
this. For instance, it is unlikely fresh soursop fruits could be
produced for export."

"Soursop fruit is now cultivated in large quantities for the supply of
fruit juice manufacturing."

However, I found a place you may purchase seeds to grow your own in a
climate-controlled atmosphere - you would need a tropical climate
greenhouse for the soursop:

"Soursop - Very large fruit, up to 1 foot long with a pleasant
aromatic flavor. The soursop is very popular as a flavoring for ice
creams and drinks. Small tree, requires tropical conditions. #127 

More info from a link included "Generally a small-medium tree to
8m/25ft. Will not survive outside anywhere in the continental US
except in Southern Florida, where it is grown commercially only to a
limited extent. Soursop trees require much warmth and humidity, lots
of water, and will be killed by temperatures below 32F/0C. In the
tropics, soursops are grown from sea level to 1000m, particularly in
humid regions where the tree grows particularly well. Soursop's cannot
tolerate standing water, and its roots are shallow, so it does not
require a very deep soil base."

A lengthy paper on soursop and Florida is located at

I also searched for rare fruit growers and found this link:  At the bottom f the page is a guide
to who has what and the listing numbers for Soursop were 1, 2, 7, 9,
11, 17, 19, 21 and 27.  You might contact those members to see if they
grow the fruit for sale.  In Florida, the Brevard Rare Fruit Council
site is located at - you might also
contact them to see if they have members who grow and will sell the
fruit. Their email is and their snail
mail is The Brevard Rare Fruit Council, P.O. Box 033773, Indialantic,
FL 32903.

Good luck in your quest.  This sounds like a very interesting fruit
and it's been interesting to research your question.


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Subject: Re: Soursop Guanabana
From: yamila-ga on 20 Feb 2003 05:47 PST
I'm sorry you went through all that work, unfortunately I needed this
for a recipe, so the info really didn't help.  Thank you anyway!
Subject: Re: Soursop Guanabana
From: journalist-ga on 20 Feb 2003 06:11 PST
No prob, Yamilla.  As I stated, I wasn't able to locate soursop online
(lol-that was the phrase, eh?)  and I'm pleased you received the info.
 Happy soursoping!
Subject: Re: Soursop Guanabana
From: tehuti-ga on 21 Feb 2003 08:10 PST
Thank you very much, yamila.  As for how I found it, you can see that
I struck lucky with a very simple (almost too simple!) search
strategy.  Sometimes just using one or two words is a useful first
step.  It helps you see what is out there and how best to refine your
subsequent search.  However, in this case, the JamaicaPlace reference
was one of the first ones that came up, so I didn't have to go any

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