Saturday, March 28, 2009


I recently discovered Guanabana while vacationing in Miami, Florida I am so glad I did. Its yummy! The fruit is a native to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America and lucky for me, it can also be found in South Florida. It has a spiky green exterior, a creamy white pulp and flavor that can't be described. Seriously, it can't. I'll explain later on.

So, I was at a Cuban restaurant in South Beach looking for something refreshing to drink after a morning on the beach when my eye got caught on Gaunabana Fruit Shake. It was listed right there with no description, right alongside orange, pineapple, and banana. So what do you think I did? That's right, I ordered the funny sounding one. The waitress was no help when I inquired what it was. I'm pretty sure that's because English was not her first language, but that's alright I was up for an adventure. When she set down my white, frothy, shake I went right for the straw. Oh yes, good choice I thought as a slightly sweet mix of pineapple, coconut, and... pear met my tongue. It's hard to describe but wonderful! Guanabana juice is definitely up there with my all time favorite tropical refreshment. Mmmmm fresh watermelon juice.

It turns out that juicing the Guanabana is the preferable method of eating because its so hard to get into. The exterior of the fruit is tough and spikey and the flesh is dotted with large black seeds. If that isn't enough, the pulp is sectioned by tough membranes. Turn out I won't have to worry about it because I can't buy it anyways. The reason you or I have probably never heard of Guanabana is because its pretty hard to find in the US outside of Florida. I don't know though, you could get lucky and find it in the produce section of Whole Foods... maybe. Even if you can't find the real thing you can probably get some Guanabana nectar in a can in the Latino section of your supermarket, but you've been forewarned it doesn't taste nearly as good.

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