Pricey Yet Healthy

Not too long ago, my husband had an animated conversation with our neighbor while they were at the gym. The neighbor is into all kinds of healthy stuff and he shared his love for an exotic fruit that I for one have been trying to look for but to no avail. My husband was so excited to share the news to me, and I was so glad to find out that I can easily buy that fruit from a nearby fruit and vegetable store not that far from where we live.

It became my mission to go and buy the fruit. I was forewarned that it is not always available but they have it regularly, it’s just a matter of being there at the perfect time.

Lo and behold! It was there that very day that I went.


I’m pretty sure that to those of you who grew up in a tropical country (like the Philippines), you’re able to easily identify the fruit. Here in the US, it’s called soursop – guyabano in my birth country, the Philippines. I had to wait for the fruit to ripen. All it took was three days. My husband who has never had the chance to taste this fruit was so excited when it was ready to be devoured.



I felt like I was reunited to a familiar taste.  My husband liked it too but not enough to love it at this time. I’m sure that in time, he will eventually love it just the way he’s so in love now with bittermelon (ampalaya).

I hope I can get it whenever I head down to the fruit and vegetable store. The only drawback is the fact that this fruit is expensive. It  is priced at $7 per pound and I paid $19.57 for one fruit. I’m lucky enough that my family brought tons of bags of the tea when they visited us a few months ago and it’s been part of my daily tea time.


Whenever I visit the Philippines, I will really make sure to enjoy this fruit without abandon. Who would have thought a fruit like this one which is not that popular even back home is this expensive? Admittedly, I never liked it that much when I was living in the Philippines. But knowing all the health benefits now, I’m willing to fork out that much money just to have this fruit every once in a while.


Pricey Yet Healthy — 14 Comments

  1. oh, I love this so much, we have this in our backyard back home in Philippines, and I always am excited to pick a ripe fruit from the tree.

    here in san diego, it is a little bit cheaper, at $5.99/pound, though I still consider it a lot more expensive compared to native produce here, but like you, I still buy it, I simply love devouring that because it reminds me of home and brings me home happiness. 🙂

    Glad to know your hubby loves ampalaya now, haha, it’s my favorite vegetables.
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  2. Juliana, with that price you bought for this guyabano, you can buy around 10 pieces of that here in Pinas. We have one at the back of our house but I also buy it in the market when ours is not yet ripe. This is good in fighting cancer.
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  3. @ Betchai
    Grabe ang mahal noh? I’m craving for one again. It’s also great for smoothie.

    Husband now eats like a goat, pati malunggay type niya din

    @ Mng Lisa
    Waaaa… Bring me home sa house niyo. The price is really steep, but walang choice Manang. Ipikit na lang ang mata hihi.

  4. I guess,i’m a cheapskate once in a while but I don’t like to spend that kind of money over that guyabano price. I would wait ’till I go home in Philippines and eat it 😉
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  5. I just noticed your fruit tray, so elegant looking, so love it, plus of course, the guyabano. I know, it is pricey, but worth every bite, di ba? i don’t buy often though, haha, since it’s price is one my one week supply already of blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, pears, pineapple, and apples, haha! as in mahal sya talaga. but when the craving for guyabano knocks, i would look for that in asian supermarket here.
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  6. Guyabano became so popular here in Pinas because its a cancer fighting food, not only the fruits but the leaves too. The leaves can be made into a tea and can cure a lot of sickness. An acquaintance of mine came to our house and asked for the leaves of our guyabano tree and took it home to the US.
    Lisa´s last post… Laoac, My Hometown

  7. OMG! In the Philippines you can get it for free! LOL! Or maybe not now a days because they developed that guyabano healing capsule (something like the famous ampalaya one for diabetes). My mom said it is true! She feels good taking guyabano juice everyday. Well, I am not sure if I would buy it for $20. LOL!

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