My interest for this fruit started at a place where you would not expect it. It was during a Friday afternoon party where they had Passion fruit cocktails and they used it to garnish the drink. I thought it was delicious! Being 26 and having this fruit for the first time in my life… You would think I’ve been living in a cave, but it is a fruit not very common to eat. After I had it, I tried to find it in the supermarkets and even the big ones didn’t have it. Some people at the market didn’t even know what I meant…
Yesterday I passed the Turkish grocery store with their fruits outside and I found it! I had no clue if that surprisingly light weighted purple thing was it, but I thought: Why not try and see. At home I googled and yes, that’s how it’s suppose to look like. Because I like this fruit so much, I wanted to share some of the benefits with you. Yeah, I know it looks a bit nasty… but it tastes great!!! I just cut off the top and scoop it out. Source health benefits: Google (of course).
Passion fruit is a small egg-shaped tropical fruit, which is also known by the name of Purple Granadillas. Passion fruit contains several seeds and has wrinkled purple brown rind on maturing.
The seeds and the pulp inside, both are edible, making it easier to consume the fruit. Moreover, the pulp of the fruit has a distinct aroma and has a slightly sweet taste. In tropical countries, passion fruit is primarily used for juicing.
The fruit is about 1 – 3 inches wide, with a smooth and waxy coating outside. Apart from its pleasant taste and appearance, the fruit is known for its various health benefits.
Passion fruit Nutrition’s
Passion fruit juice is an excellent digestive stimulant and helps in the treatment of other gastric ailments.
Passion fruit seeds contain high amount of fiber that the body needs to cleanse the colon, improve digestion, and help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Passion fruit is high in vitamin A which helps the body to remove free radicals that cause skin and tissue damage, and it also helps to improve our vision.
It is also rich in Vitamin C which helps to repair tissue, helps prevent heart disease and cancer and helps our bones.
There is also a compound in passion fruit that is believed to block histamine, reduce allergy and inflammation; passion fruit therefore has the health benefit of reducing the symptoms of asthma.
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.
The antioxidants found in passion fruit have been found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
It is supposed to possess somniferous properties, which when taken before going to bed, help the person to relax and have a restful sleep.
Passion fruit calories
100 gm of passion fruit contains:
Fat: 1 g
Protein: 2 g
Carbohydrate: 23 g
Dietary fiber: 10 g
Sugars: 11 g
Calcium: 12 mg
Iron: 1.6 mg
Vitamin C: 30 mg
Passion fruit are very good source of minerals. Iron, copper, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus are present in adequate amounts in the fruit. Passion fruit is good invitamin C, vitamin A.
Health tips for Passion fruit
The nutritional value and health benefits of passion fruit make it ideal for maintaining optimum health weight loss. Avoid including passion fruit in your diet if you’re interested in weight gain.