Although not as popular as apple and mango, Soursop fruit is a pack of many health benefits. Ripen Soursop fruit is soft and delicious, but it is a tropical fruit that is native to the American tropics.
Soursop fruit is known by several names. Have you ever heard of fruit by these names? Custard apple, Brazilian paw paw, Guyabano, Guanabana, Graviola are the popular names that are used to recognize Soursop fruit.
Soursop fruit is a creation of Annona muricata tree. Also, this fruit is greenish-yellow in color. Not only that, you can easily identify this fruit with its prickly skin and creamy white flesh.
However, when I come to the topic, fresh Soursop fruit ripens fairly quickly once harvested. So generally, after Soursop fruit is ripped, it will quickly spoil within 1-2 days at room temperature.
Therefore, you have to consume ripe Soursop fruit quickly. If not, after around 1-2 days, the skin of ripening Soursop fruit gradually becomes browning and has a rotting smell.
So, can we keep our Soursop fruit longer? Surely, your mind is asking this question.
Yes, you can keep your Soursop fruit for longer, but not a room temperature. Generally, you can store the Soursop fruit without cutting it into pieces in the refrigerator. Here, Soursop fruit can be fresh for 3 to 4 days without any spoiling.
However, there is a problem. Can I freeze Soursop fruit?
Yes, you can freeze the Soursop fruit. If you want to keep the Soursop fruit longer than a week, the best option is freezing.
Actually, not a week, you can keep Soursop fruit for about three months by freezing without any issue. But you cannot freeze whole fruit. You can only freeze the pulp of Soursop fruit.
However, if you try to freeze whole Soursop fruit, it can be soft and soggy when it thaws. On the other hand, the rind of Soursop fruit tries to stick to the flesh of the fruit.
Consequently, it will be hard to identify the rind and flesh separately over time. This can spoil your mood when you try to consume the fruit.
Therefore, it is recommended to freeze only the pulp of the Soursop fruit to prevent many issues. In addition to that, you have the possibility to freeze your Soursop fruit either as a pulp or puree.
HOW TO FREEZE THE SOURSOP FRUIT?
You can freeze Soursop fruit by following the below simple steps.
Step 1: take the Soursop fruits and wipe out the fruits by using a clean paper towel or a cloth
Step 2: then break or cut the fruit in the half
Step 3: remove the pulp or separate the flesh from the skin
Step 4: then collect the flesh to sieve
Step 5: press it down by using the spoon, and do not forget to keep a bowl under the sieve to collect the pulp. Finally, this will help to remove the seeds.
Step 6: according to your preference, you can add little sugar
Step 7: After putting it into an airtight container and freeze it.
SOURSOP FRUIT OR CUSTARD APPLE ICE POPS
You can consume this amazing fruit raw without any issue, and It is totally safe. But you can try out this freezing technique in a funny way.
It is Soursop fruit ice pops. Sure, it will be able to give you a joyful experience with a load of health benefits. Only you have to go through the below steps.
Step 1: find out below things
- 1 very ripe and soft Soursop fruit
- Squeeze lime juice, but adding lime juice totally depends on your preference
- Dash of coconut milk – maybe
- Sprinkle of ginger
- Splash of ram, if you are a naughty one
Step 2: scoop the flesh from the skin of the Soursop fruit and remove the seeds
Step 3: If necessary, you can mash the flesh slightly, but keep some fruit intact
Step 4: then, you can add optional extras into the pulp and mix it well. The important thing is that adding extras totally depends on their preference. If there is something that you do not like the flavor of that extras, do not worry. It does not need to add.
Step 5: then, fill ice pop moulds or tall shot glasses with the above prepared Soursop fruit mixture. After that, insert a stick
Step 6: the last step is, let it freeze for at least 4-5 hours or overnight until it firm
- After firming the Soursop fruit ice pops, you can dip moulds into warm water briefly because it will help to release the ice pops gently.
- When you add ram, do not add more. Because too much alcohol can cause not to freeze at all. Therefore, if you prefer to add some rum, I recommend adding coconut milk and lime juice. Because it will help to make sure it turns into an ice pop unless you have to eat your Soursop fruit ice pop with a spoon.
CAN YOU FREEZE SOURSOP FRUIT JUICE?
Simply, the answer is yes. You can freeze the juice of Soursop fruit. You should remove the juice from its original container to an airtight container.
If you try to freeze the Soursop fruit juice with the container it came with, it will break apart due to the extreme cold temperature.