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Tony Zerafa
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Dear friends,
I bought a few seeds from ebay which were told to be of soursop, after i planted them I got this result coming up, which i have far doubts that the leaves are of soursop as their shape dont match the leaves of soursop that I found on the net, can anybody tell me what he thinks this plant really is?
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Jd Gonzalez
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They look like soursop. I grew up in the tropics and had a few trees in the backyard. Besides the fruit a healing tea is made from the tender leaves.
 
Tony Zerafa
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Good to hear that thanks Jd, what kind of healing teas can I get from the leaves? and how please? would love to learn more about it....
 
Jd Gonzalez
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When I was in college I came down with a bad case of strep throat. I had a fever and could not eat solid  food and liquids had to be ice cold due to the pain and inflamation for me to drink.  My mom took 4 to 5 tender leaves and boiled them in a liter of water for about 5 minutes. I started to drink this tea (with added honey) in the morning, by dinner time I was able to eat solid food and the fever was gone. People also drink it for stomach issues.
 
Tony Zerafa
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Jd, tender leaves you mean green leaves? as normally they always make teas from dry leaves no?
If you have more information about this tree I would appreciate it...... Happy easter ... I am in Malta(Europe) here...
 
Jd Gonzalez
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By tender I meant new growth leaves. The newly sprouted leaves. In your picture, look at the  the smallest ones that are about half of a fully grown one would be the ones my mom would use. Living in the tropics we would always use fresh leaves. I would think that they could be dried and stored in other climates but not sure if they would lose their beneficial attributes or not by drying.
 
Tony Zerafa
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Thanks appreciated.
Tony
 
Jean Soarin
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Hi.  When I read your initial question, I copied the picture and sent it to my brother, because he lived in Jamaica for over 15 years.  He said that this wasn't sour sop. 


 
Tony Zerafa
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What is it then?
 
Jean Soarin
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Good question.  He lived in Jamaica long enough to learn to recognize common fruit trees, but not all the local plant varieties.

Since I wrote the post, though, I've been wondering if there might be different sour sop varieties with different leaf shapes?  Just a possibility. Good luck!
 
Rene Nijstad
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I have no idea about different varieties, but the soursop trees we have here have different leaves. We've got some big trees and a few baby trees so I took the camera and got a few pictures of the two seedlings we recently planted out. The seeds of this tree are black, flat and oval shaped, about a cm long and half a cm wide. They have a hard shill.
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