Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tropic of Smoothies - Soursop

Last night I stopped at El Oriental de Cuba in JP to pick up a Tamarindo Smoothie. Across the street is a Hi-Lo Supermarket. I needed harvarti cheese so I walked over there. No sign of havarti, because this is a tropical supermarket. They have Goya products you won't find at your local Hannafords and -- oh joy! -- they have frozen unsweetened tropical fruit puree -- Tamarindo, soursop, parcha (passionfruit) and more. I bought the soursoup, also known as guanabana.

I had my first soursop shake in Cruz Bay while on vacation in St. John, USVI and was immediately hooked. I would amble down to the town every day for a shake and a patty. These days I pay $3.00 for one but now -- I can make them myself!! The puree, which makes 3 shakes is just $1.49. I use a modified recipe to substitute for sugar and milk. This was my breakfast shake:

Soursop Breakfast Smoothie

Makes one large shake:
- 1/3 package of frozen soursop puree
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (optional)
- 3/4 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- scoop of whey protein powder (optional)
- liquid stevia (I like NuNaturals brand) to taste
- 2 or 3 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 heaping tbs. of Benefiber (optional)

Blend thoroughly and enjoy. Here's a more traditional Jamaican version:


  • 1 pound sour sop peeled, seeded & sliced
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 5 tablespoon sugar (add more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 squeezed lime (optional)
I see no reason why rum and more lime cannot be added for an evening libation.


  1. Omg, Im from Jamaica and this drink is awesome. I have not had for a while and is curious to know where you got the soursop from?

  2. Hi Prettyhoneybun's Way,

    I am blessed to have a supermarket in the Boston town of Jamaica Plain that carries a ton of Puerto Rican, Central and South American stuff including frozen guanabana, tamarindo, parcha, etc. puree that is unsweetened. They carry the Goya brand and a brand called LaFe ( I can also get fresh arepas there and canned ackee occasionally. It's a jewel of a find. Maybe you can check the website and see if there is a retail outlet near you, or if a smaller ethnic grocer store may have it.

  3. mmm!!! delicious! Great write up.
    I will give you a site in USA where I got real fruit on powder form, I mix it with milk and ice cream to go healthy. they have mango, soursop, apple, pineapple, etc. A lot of fruits and veggies. Enjoy guys!