Sour Sop also known as Guana Bana is a large spiky and oddly shaped oval fruit that grows on a tree in abundance on the Island State of St. Lucia. While sunbathing at Sugar Beach which is nestled between the Piton Mountains, I was fascinated watching a sailor lodge his canoe on the beach filled with tropical fruits, a cooler and a blender. He promptly set up shop to fuel and nourish the hungry tourists. Obviously I had to try one. The usual suspects of mango, papaya, and coconut were aboard but I had never heard of Sour Sop!
The creamy flesh is sweet and can be described as a mix of citrus, pineapple, coconut and banana... very tropical!
Touted for it’s (unproven) medicinal health properties, I was all over it! Apparently the seeds are toxic so be sure to get them all out before blending.
Our smoothie consisted of:
And garnished with a start fruit.
I found Sour Sop at both Produce Depot and Farm Boy and have enjoyed the taste of St. Lucia for the past 3 days!
To make my smoothie:
Ready In: 5 minutes
1 banana, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup fresh papaya or mango pieces
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup sour sop flesh
2 tbsp whole flax seeds
Place in high speed blender:
Water to cover & blend well!
The Sour Sop is a messy adventure! Scrape out the flesh, remove the seeds and freeze in ice cube trays then transfer to a storage bag.