The sweetsop is a knobbly green skinned fruit that is native of the West Indies and of South America.
It is said to have first been discover in Jamaica and it grows widely across the island.
Because of it’s very sweet taste it is sometimes called sugar apple.
The fruit is also called chermoyas and it apart of the custard apple family.
The fruit have a roundish heart like like.
When it is ripe it is very soft and the space between each knobby segments open and it easily breaks apart for easy access to the sweet creamy flesh inside.
The texture of the flesh is similar to soursop and custard apple, with a creamy, slightly grainy sops and contain black seeds.
Here are five thing you didn’t know about sweetsop.
Five facts about sweetsop
1. Good for pregnant woman
According to sources, sweetsops can reduce the rick of a miscarriage and minimise labor pain if it is regularly consume during pregnancy.
Sweetsops also help with the development of the brain, the nervous and immune system of the young fetus.
If consume regularly when pregnant, the fruit alleviate nausea, morning sickness, mood swings numbness.
2. Vitamin B6 Rich
The high amount of vitamin B6 found is sweetsop can help to prevent the built up of homocysteine, which is the cause heart disease.
Vitamin B6 help to reduce bronchial inflammation in the lungs and reduce coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
The high levels of dietary fibre found in sweetsop helps with the digestive process, normalises bowel movements, prevent and relieves constipation and diarrhea.
4. Blood Pressure
Sweet sop contain high levels of potassium and magnesium, which can help to regulate unstable blood pressure levels.
The high volume of dietary fibre can help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Eating the fruit regularly help slow the absorption of sugar and improve your blood sugar levels.
Thank you so much for sharing this information about Jamaican fruits. I live abroad and often misses roaming around the woods and neighbors yard and eating different types of fruits.
Question. When I was in Jamaica I bought fresh sweetsop. My memory doesn’t quite jive with these pictures. Mine was the size of a small cantaloupe, looked like creamy cantaloupe inside, with black seeds. I don’t remember it being segmented, as I scooped it out with a spoon. Is this a different kind of sweet sop?
Hi Brenda, you maybe talking about another type of fruit but certainly not sweetsop if you described it as resembling cantaloupe. Or in the case, your memory isn’t serving you well because there is any other type of sweet sop.
Are you thinking of Soursop? It is larger, less segmented and still has black seeds.
Hi Brenda, I wonder if it is a custard apple. It is creamy and the outside is not segmented.
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