Guanabana – An Anticancer Fruit – Seeking the Medicine @ Colombia

IMG_8224.JPGBefore leaving Colombia we had to try Guanabana! It’s a huge investment of a fruit; a big mama from the plant family: Annonacea.

This family hosts the magical exotic flavors of cherimoya (Annona cherimola), sugar apple (Annona squamosa), custard apple (Annona reticulata), and the only tropical fruit that grows in North America; the pawpaw (Asimina triloba) – my personal favorite! Also this family is loaded with heart- healthy fats, something very rare for fruits.IMG_8219.JPG

Andres told me that his grandmother may hIMG_8220.JPGave blended the whole fruit with seeds – and research shows that the whole plant is worked with medicinally, especially notable is it’s work against cancer (see more here)

After tasting it’s magnificent flavor I decided to try it in a smoothie. It was excellent!  Here’s what delicious recipe followed!


Guanabana smoothie:

8 oz Guanabana – seeds removed 1 banana 1 Cup Almond milk Cinnamon (to taste) Ginger (to taste)



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Dan De Lion is an earth herbalist, forager, musician, and teacher. He teaches through Return to Nature, providing classes, lectures, and seminars on wild food foraging, mushroom identification, herbal medicine making, as well as primitive and survival skills with a focus on wild foods and forest medicines. He also incorporates the philosophies of yoga, alchemy, meditation, and mysticism into his classes, lectures, and seminars and brings a deep rooted indigenous medicine perspective of practicing intuition with plants, in a systematic and earth-based way – Check out more at
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