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Mountain Soursop

Introduction of Mountain Soursop Fruit

            Scientific name - Annona Montana

Indigenous to Central America, Mountain Soursop or Annona Montana is a medicinal plant having its roots in the Annonaceae family. Producing edible fruit, they are commonly found in the region of the Amazon, and islands in the Caribbean. With lustrous leaves and innumerable spreading crown, it might discover its greatest impact as a rhizome for cultivated Annonas. Producing fibrous fruits, the tree resembles certain features of Annona muricata and Jamaicans consider the fruit inedible. Sour to sub acid and bitter, the fibrous pulp of the fruit is yellow in color and very aromatic. It contains plump seeds that are light brown in tone.

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Nutritional Value of Mountain Soursop

Protein (g) 2.25
Total lipid (fat) (g) 0.68
Carbohydrate, by difference (g) 37.89
Energy (kcal) 148.5
Sugars, total (g) 30.46
Fiber, total dietary (g) 7.42
Calcium, Ca (mg) 31.5
Iron, Fe (mg) 1.35
Magnesium, Mg (mg) 47.25
Phosphorus, P (mg) 60.75
Potassium, K (mg) 625.5
Sodium, Na (mg) 31.5
Zinc, Zn (mg) 0.22
Copper, Cu (mg) 0.19
Selenium, Se (mcg) 1.35
Vitamin A, IU (IU) 4.5
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) (mg) 0.18
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid (mg) 46.35
Thiamin (mg) 0.16
Riboflavin (mg) 0.11
Niacin (mg) 2.02
Pantothenic acid (mg) 0.57
Vitamin B-6 (mg) 0.13
Vitamin B-12 (mcg) 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) (mcg) 0.9
Cholesterol (mg) 0

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Health Benefits of Mountain Soursop

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Almost all parts were considered beneficial for health including seeds, leaves, bark, roots and the fruit. They were used in treating intestinal parasites, coughs (including asthma and bronchitis), inflammation, diabetes, and hypertension. An infusion of the leaves have some pain-relieving qualities for pregnant women.

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The plant thrives in full sun / light shade and grows well in sandy clay soil; nevertheless it grows well in dry soils as well.

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