Passion fruit

Passion fruit

Passion fruit is the edible fruit of the passion flower. Spanish explorers coined the namepassion fruit in honor of the passion of Christ. For them, the appearance of the passion flower symbolized many Christian beliefs. Passion fruit is also calledparchamarkisa and konyal.

There are two types of passion fruit, purple passion fruit and yellow passion fruit, which differ in appearance but taste the same. One is about the size of a large egg, oval shaped with a purple-brown skin. The other is quite a bit larger, round and about the size of an orange. This type is bright yellow on the outside. Both contain a jelly like pulp inside with hundreds of small black seeds.

Passion fruit by itself tends to taste tart. It is usually used with other types of fruit in recipes to lighten its tangy taste. Passion fruit, as well as its flower, are known for their aromatic scent. Because of its sweet smelling fragrance, passion fruit is sometimes added to food simply to enhance its aroma.

Health Benefits of Passionfruit

  • The juice of passion fruit reduces cancer cell growth. Though research is underway on this issue, the phytochemicals in the fruit juice are considered to inhibit cancer cell growth.
  • The phenolic acids and flavonoids present in the fruit are supposed to possess heart-protecting function.
  • The phenolic profile of the fruit is known for its anti-microbial activity.
  • Passion fruit is a good source of antioxidants, both water soluble and fat soluble ones.
  • Passion fruit is considered good for products which require pasteurization.
  • The fruit is quite high in carbohydrates and simple sugars, which improves athletic performance.
  • It contains plant sterols, which help in lowering the levels of cholesterol.
  • Passion fruit is a reservoir of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Potassium.
  • The seeds of the fruit are very vital sources of fiber.
  • It is supposed to possess somniferous properties, which when taken before going to bed, help the person to relax and have a restful sleep.
  • It is very good for attaining optimum health and to reduce weight.
Passion Edible fruit

Passion Edible fruit

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