FAQ about the fruit and our product
Is Guanábana the same as Graviola or Soursop?
Yes. The formal English name of the fruit is Soursop. Guanábana is the common name used in Spanish-speaking Latin America, from Mexico to Chile. In other countries the fruit is known as Graviola (Brasil), Guyabano (Philippines), Sirsak (Indonesia) or Corossol (French-speaking countries).
Where is Guanábana grown?
The fruit is grown in many regions of the world with tropical climates, including parts of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Which health properties are attributed to Guanábana and its nectar?
Guanábana is an excellent source of fibre and vitamin B1, B2 and C. The fruit, seeds, and leaves also have a number of herbal medicinal uses among indigenous peoples. You can find more information on our product’s nutritional properties and ingredients here.
In our capacity as makers and distributors of fruit drinks, JUNA is not in a position to make specific medicinal or health claims for our products. Recent laboratory studies on the anticancer properties of the Guanábana represent an exciting subject of research, which we are following closely at JUNA. However, due to the lack of sufficient studies in humans to date, we are currently not able to make specific recommendations in this area.
Is it safe to consume Guanábana and its nectar?
Guanábana and its derivative products are popular across the world. Like other types of fruit, Guanábana and its nectar are part of trade agreements and food legislation of the European Union, such as the EU Fruit Juice Directive , which represents the legal basis for this category of foods in all EU countries, including the UK.
Following studies indicating possible neurodegenerative effects of the toxin annonacin contained in the fruit’s seeds, the French food safety agency released a statement in 2010 concluding that scientific results to date are insufficient to establish that the consumption of Guanábana or its nectar poses any risks to human health.
Why nectar? Why not juice?
Just like Banana, Mango and many other fruits, the Guanábana is not suited for direct juice extraction. This is because the fruit’s pulp content is too high – or, put differently, its natural water content is too low. To enjoy these fruits as a drinkable juice, it is indispensable to add water, which turns the product into a nectar. Therefore, European fruit juice legislation, which is also applied in the UK, classifies Guanábana (Soursop) exclusively under the nectar category.
We caution against products advertised as 100% Guanábana juice. For its all-natural nectar range JUNA guarantees a minimum pulp content of 50%, which in our experience represents the highest possible fruit content while optimising the taste experience (flavour intensity and viscosity).
Why does your product contain water?
See: Why nectar? Why not juice?
Why does your product contain a natural fructose supplement?
Our Guanábana nectar contains a small addition of naturally extracted fructose (fruit sugar). The supplement serves to round off the rather acidic taste characteristic of the fruit. As you will easily notice yourself, the nectar is far from being sweet, despite the supplement. In fact, the drink is low in calories compared to the average smoothie in the market.
Why is my Online Shop order deliverd frozen?
Freezing our products immediately after bottling allows JUNA to preserve the nutritional value, freshness, taste and texture of the exotic fruits all the way to our customer’s doorstep. JUNA’s packaging is specifically designed for the freezing and defrosting process.
When receiving my online order, I noticed that there is no expiration date printed on the bottle caps. Why not?
Online Shop customers receive an information leaflet with each parcel, which includes detailed product storage and handling instructions. The customer therefore has all the necessary and legally required information concerning the product and its shelf life. The expiry date is only applied to defrosted product sold to the end consumer via retailers.