Guyabano

In the Philippines this fruit is called guyabano.  Colonized by the Spaniards for 300 years, there are a lot of Spanish influences still here- words, plants, architecture styles, some cooking styles, and this fruit is one of those naturalized imports.  The Guyabano is originally from Mexico, where it is more commonly called the guanabana.  Another name for it is custard apple, and yet another is soursop.  Its  scientific name is Anona muricata.

Here in Davao in every mall (and at the airport here and in Manila, too) vendors sell fresh fruit shakes, or smoothies.  They are basically fresh fruit, ice, sometimes a sweetener, and sometimes milk, although you can ask for no milk, or use fresh buko, or coconut, juice instead.  Guyabano and mango is a popular combination.

It’s a bit messy to prepare.  Here’s a video: https://youtu.be/GkTDlkjcjdw  And here’s a shorter one where the guy just eats it with a spoon.

The vendors usually have it prepped and the fruit sorted into portions and frozen ahead of time.

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