Facts about Passion Fruit
The passion fruit tree is a strong, climbing vine that can grow
15-20 feet every year after established and need to have solid
support. It is usually short-lived; only around 5-7 years. The
passion fruit leaves are alternate, 3-lobed once mature and nicely
toothed. They are 3-8 inches in length, dark green and shiny above,
lighter and dull underside and, similar to the tendrils and stems,
tinged with purple or red.
The flower of passion fruit is fragrant, about 2-3 inches in width.
Clasped by 3 big, green, lifelike bracts, the flower contains 5
white petals and 5 greenish-white sepals. It also contains 5 stamens
with big anthers.
The ovoid fruit, measured at 1.5-3 inches in width, has a hard skin that is waxy
and smooth and varying in color from dark purple, white to light
yellow. Inside passion fruit is a cavity containing fragrant
membranous sacs filled with pulpy juice with around 250 small, black
pitted seeds. Its taste is enticing, musky and sweet-sour.
Health Benefits of
Eating Passion Fruit
- Scrumptious passion fruit is a good source of vitamins,
minerals, fiber and antioxidants. 100 g fresh fruit contains around 97
- The passion fruit is high in fiber. 100 g fresh fruit pulp has
approximately 10.4 g fiber. Substantial amount of fiber helps reduce
cholesterol from your body. Additionally, insoluble fiber serving as
bulk laxative protects your colon mucus membrane by minimizing
exposure to toxin in the colon and binding to cancerous chemical
substances in your colon.
- The passion fruit contains vitamin C; offers around 30 mg in every
100 g. Ascorbic acid is a strong water soluble antioxidant. Intake
of fruits full of ascorbic acid helps your body fight against flu
and scavenge damaging free radicals.
- The fruit contains excellent amounts of vitamin A (offers about 1275 IU in every 100 g), as well as
flavonoid antioxidants like
beta-carotene and cryptoxanthin-beta. Recent scientific studies
claim that both compounds together with vitamin A are important for
- Vitamin A is equally needed to build healthy skin and mucus
membrane. Eating of organic fruits abundant with flavanoids and
vitamin A helps prevent oral cavity and lung cancers.
- Fresh granadillas (purple passion fruit) have a good deal of
potassium. Every 100 g fresh fruit pulp contains around 348 mg.
Potassium is an essential element of our body that helps regulate
heartbeat as well as blood pressure level.
- In addition, granadillas are very high in minerals. Phosphorus,
copper, iron and magnesium can be found sufficiently in the passion
How to Choose and Buy Passion Fruit?
- The passion fruit can be found all year long in the supermarkets in
the US. In other regions around the world their supply is periodic
- Purchase fruit that is ripen, plump and heavy in the stores. The
passion fruit with crease skin is in fact tastier and higher in
- Refrain from over-matured fruit. Spots and minor cuts are normal on
the passion fruit. These kinds of modest abrasions on the surfaces
normally do not affect the grade of the fruit.
How to Store Passion Fruit?
- At home, store the passion fruit in the basket and put in cool dark
place in which they keep for 1-2 days. Ripe passion fruit can be
stored in the fridge for approximately 1 week.
- In addition, passion
fruit freeze perfectly. Simply spoon the fruit pulp into a small
bowl. Put in a bit of sugar and freeze.
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