The Most Unusual Fruit You May Ever Grow
Contrary to its name, the Soursop Tree (Annona muricata) bears fruits that actually have a taste combination of sweet and sour. Some people describe it as a cross between a pineapple and a banana, with a hint of papaya. It’s tough to pin down the exact combination comparison, because this exotic fruit is a one-of-a-kind taste sensation!
It’s a fruit tree for your must-try list, not only for the fruits but also for the vivid yellow flowers it bears. What a perfect example of an edible plant that’s also prized for its ornamental value.
Unappealing on the Outside, but Gorgeous on the Inside
The fruit is covered in little pliable spines -- they won’t stick you, but they don’t make the fruit look very appetizing! But when the fruit is ripe, the unappealing exterior has simply masked the succulent fruit inside. At harvest time, the spines easily give way so you can cut it open and feast on the creamy-white fruit inside.
• The Soursop Tree is the most drought-tolerant of its species. Once your new plant becomes established, it is easily maintained without requiring much supplemental watering -- normal rainfall should suffice.
• This is not a tree that needs constant and meticulous pruning. If you prefer a smaller tree, you can prune it after harvest to a height of 6 feet.
• Keeping your Soursop Tree pruned back makes it a perfect candidate for container gardening, particularly if you live outside its perennial range in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11.
• Although you do not need to plant a second tree to ensure cross-pollination, you’ll enjoy more fruit and a heavier fruit set on each tree if you plant two or more trees!