Putting Money Into Sour Patch Farming

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A soursop farming enterprise in Nigeria has the potential to be financially rewarding due to the crop’s rising popularity both domestically and abroad.

The medicinal properties and sweet-sour flavor of the sourop fruit make it a popular ingredient in many sweet and savory recipes, including drinks, jams, jellies, and desserts.
The texture is meaty, and it has a milky white hue. The pulp can be eaten raw, and the juice has a tart, almost yogurt-like flavor; it’s also used in a variety of recipes, including smoothies, candies, fruit juice, and desserts.

The sourop plant takes three years to begin flowering and produces fruit in the same year; after that, it bears abundant fruit every other year. They bear fruit continuously throughout the year, with the best harvest occurring in May and June. The spines spread out and the once-shiny green color turns a dull or yellowish green when soursop is ready to be picked.

The southern region of the country is the traditional homeland of Sursop. Nigerian states in the middle belt, such as Plateau and Benue, also encourage soursop planting. Soursop growing is best done in a tropical climate with plenty of humidity and warmth.

Investing in soursop can provide large earnings and is a lucrative cash crop. After three to five years of fast growth, the tree will start producing fruit. On the other hand, tropical trees that receive plenty of water reach a height of 4.5–5.5 m in about seven to nine years.

Sourcing your own soursop begins with a plot of land and some seeds. Findings indicate that the market price of a seedling is approximately N3,500. You might have to go out and acquire some land if you don’t already own enough. On an acre of land, you might need around N1.5 million to plant soursop. You might have to spend between N297,500 and N300,000 (or more, depending on the seedling price) to plant 85 seedlings on that acre of land.

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