The Soursop Punch is one of my favorite types of milk drink. For some reason I find this punch makes me feel really relaxed. Must be some kind of medicinal property in soursop. This brings me to list of shrubs and bushes that grows in many a backyard.
A Backyard Pharmacy
All around our house grew different types of shrubs and trees and to the untrained eye, it might as well be called bush. But for me growing up, these same”bush” had great medicinal properties. We had fever grass or lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) for fever; worm grass (Chenopodium ambrosioides) for worms; Corosee for diarrhea, Aloes (Aloe Vera), Chandelier (Leonotis nepetifolia) , Zebapique ( Neurolaena lobata) and Bois Cano ( Cecropia peltata) for colds and also Wonder of the world ( Brophyllum pinnatum), St John Bush (Justicia secunda), Teemarie ( Mimosa pudica), Shining bush ( Peperonia pellucida), Ditepei [Ditaypayee] (Capraria biflora) and some Stinking Susie [ Marigold] (Calendula officinalis) …..The list goes on. As you can see these bush was our backyard pharmacy 🙂
Some to Make Tea
Then we had a few whose leaves we used when making “tea”, namely Vervine (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis), Bayleaf (Laurus nobilis) and of course Soursop leaf ( Annona muricata) . The soursop leaf tea was used as a natural soporific; you drank it if you had trouble sleeping at night. But it’s medicinal uses does not stop here. Click here for more remedies using soursop. I found it a good informative read. I wasn’t even aware that the seeds can be used to kill lice and bed bugs. So take a read when you have time.
Some to Make A Fantasic Punch
Other than using the leaves the fruit, of course, makes a fantastic punch. Added to green fig punch, banana punch and peanut punch, I offer you a simple soursop punch recipe. I say simple because you don’t even need a blender to make it; just some bowls , a strainer, a spoon; a fork and of course a ripe soursop! In a few minutes you could enjoy a nice glass of soursop punch loaded with vitamins and minerals. And after reading all the properties this wonder fruit contains, why not have two glasses. I sure did (No I’m not greedy!! 🙂 Enjoy!
Soursop Punch Recipe
1 ripe soursop
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup water (divided)
1 dash bitters
1 dash almond essence
1 tin (400g) condensed milk
Note: The preceding steps i.e. add water to pulp; mash then strain, will have to be repeated until all the pulp has been removed and only the seed and covering remains as in the above picture.