Passion Fruit


 

Wow I’ve tasted the flavour before and probably have even drunk it in certain cocktails or a blended fruit juice drink but I had never seen the fruit itself till I visited a friend’s blog.  Then I finally purchased some today to try it fresh!

Passion Fruit Uncut

Passion Fruit Uncut...

 

And Uncensored

And Uncensored

 

The Passion Is Revealed In This Exclusive!

The Passion Is Revealed In This Exclusive!

 

Grab a teaspoon and scoop up the passion into your mouth...

Grab a teaspoon and scoop up the passion into your mouth...

 

Common Names: Passion Fruit, Granadilla, Purple Granadilla, Yellow Passion Fruit

 

The purple passionfruit (Passiflora edulis) is a native of the rainforest margins in the Amazon region of Brazil and perhaps also of Paraguay and northern Argentina. It has adapted to the cooler sub-tropics and the high altitude tropics. 

There are many other passiflora species spread widely around the globe and about 50 species are native to New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and South East Asia. 

Passionfruit acquired its name from Spanish missionaries who thought parts of the plant’s flower resembled different religious symbols.

 

Nutrition Information Passionfruit

 

Fresh Passion Fruit is known to be high in vitamin A, Potassium and dietary fibre. The Yellow variety is used for juice processing, while the Purple variety is sold in fresh fruit markets. Passion fruit juice is a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Uses of Passionfruit

Cut through the thick purplish skin to reveal an amazing yellowish orange pulp. Scoop out the pulp and use in sorbets, make a syrup, add to drinks or drizzle over desserts.

Passionfruit Trivia Facts

Passionfruit has been a foodstaple for the people and animals of the Rainforest for eons. The leaves of many of the Passiflora species have been used for centuries by indigenous tribes as a sedative or calming tonic. 

The passionfruit of Passiflora edulis has been used by the Brazilian tribes as a heart tonic and passionfruit is still used today in South American traditional medicine. 

Antonio Bernardes notes that: “A cup of Maracuja tea [leaves] or 2 glasses of juice will naturally calm down the most hyperactive child, and for this reason it is highly valued by Brazilian mothers.” and Daniel B. Mowrey notes: “The Brazilians even have a favorite passion flower drink, called maracuja grande, that frequently used to treat asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis and other tough coughs.” 

In Peruvian traditional medicine today, passionfruit juice is used for urinary infections and as a mild diuretic. 

Researchers have documented the properties of passionfruit juice in at least 4 studies. 

Passion Fruit Flower..What A Beauty!

Passion Fruit Flower..What A Beauty!

 

Other names: Passiflora, apricot vine, grenadilla, maracuja, maracuya
Description: Passion fruit is a perennial woody creeper which is indigenous to the tropical regions of America. Passion fruit is known for its beautiful white flowers with purple to pink crown blooms. The passion fruit leaves are hairless and lobbed. The two main commercial varieties are purple passion fruit (Passiflora edulis L.), and yellow passion fruit (P. edulis f. flavicarpa). The purple passion is mainly cultivated in Africa and India and the yellow passion fruit in Peru, Brazil and Ecuador. 
Parts used: Leaves, flowers, stems and passion fruits.
Phytochemicals: Passaflorine, Harmine, Harman, Harmol, Harmalin, Carotenoids, Vitexin, Isovitexin and Chrysin, Scopoletin, Carotenoids, Theobromine
Medicinal properties: The juice but mainly the leaves of passion fruit contain the alkaloids, including Harman, which has blood pressure lowering, sedative and antispasmodic action. The passion fruit leaves are used in many countries as medicines. 
The flower of passion fruit has a mild sedative and can help to induce sleep. Passion flower has been used in the treatment of nervous and easily excited children, bronchial asthma, insomnia, nervous gastrointestinal disorders and menopausal problems. Passion flower is sometimes used as a mild hallucinogen.  

Anti-cancer effect

Researchers at the University of Florida have found that yellow passion fruit extracts can kill cancer cells in vitro. The phytochemicals which are responsible for this anti-cancer effect are carotenoids and polyphenols.

Reduction of asthma symptoms

A study by Watson and his co-workers showed that the consumption of purple passion fruit peel extract can reduce asthma symptoms. They selected 42 patients received an oral administration of purple passion fruit extract. The passion fruit extract supplementation reduced the wheezing by 75 percent and increased forced vital capacity. 

Other facts: When Spanish explored South America they discovered that passion fruit was used in native folk medicine as a sedative. When the Spanish brought the passion fruit to Europe the leaves were used as a sleep-inducing medicine. The name ‘Passion’ was given by Catholic missionaries in South America. The corona threads of the passion flower were seen as a symbol of the crown of thorns, the five stamens for wounds, the five petals and five sepals as the ten apostles (excluding Judas and Peter) and the three stigmas for the nails on the cross.

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