Passion fruit - in translation from Latin - "the fruits of passion." The birthplace of passion fruit is South America. However, today it can be found not only in South America, but also in countries with a tropical climate and in the subtropics. For example, in Central America, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Hawaii. There is a huge number of varieties of passion fruit. They differ in size, shape, color and taste of the fruit. Most varieties are eaten.
Often fruit is made from passion fruit juice. It can be found both from fruit solely passion fruit, and in various combinations with other juices. This fruit has an amazing aroma and unforgettable taste.
The rind of passion fruit is very tough and not suitable for eating. But the flesh is used in sauces, fruit salads, confectionery, tinctures and liqueurs. Fruit seeds are not particularly palatable. Despite this, they are edible. They contain vitamins, and they have no less useful properties than the pulp of passion fruit.
Only ripe fruits are eaten. Usually they are used in raw form. You can cut the fruit into two parts and use a spoon to get the ripe flesh. In the pulp of a ripe fruit contains about 40% of juice. If the passion fruit is left to be stored in a warm place, the amount of sugar content will increase.
The composition and caloric content of passion fruit
Passion fruit is 78% water. It also contains proteins 2.4%, fats 0.4%, carbohydrates 13.4% and fiber 1.5%.
100 g of passion fruit contains approximately 68 kcal.
The content of vitamins in passion fruit
This fruit contains just an incredible amount of vitamins. These include: vitamin A (beta-carotene), B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), C (ascorbic acid), E (tocopherol), H (biotin), K (phylloquinone).
Also in the composition of passion fruit are such macronutrients as: potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, chlorine and phosphorus; and microelements: iron, iodine, manganese, copper, zinc and fluorine.
Useful properties of passion fruit
Passion fruit has many useful properties. It contains vitamins, macro and microelements. It is also rich in fiber and substances that have an antioxidant effect.
This fruit for therapeutic purposes is suitable for people prone to diseases of the cardiovascular system, liver and urinary tract diseases.
And this is not all the good of passion fruit. The positive properties of this amazing fruit have an antimicrobial, antipyretic, laxative effect, lowers cholesterol, improves the digestive system, helps to remove various metabolic products from the body. In addition, passion fruit can reduce blood pressure and normalize the amount of sugar in the blood.
Passion fruit juice tones well, soothes, helps with insomnia, prevents the growth of cancer cells and is widely used in pharmacists and cosmetologists.
Benefits and harm of passion fruit
Despite all its extraordinary properties passion fruit has not only useful properties, but also contraindications. So, this fruit can cause allergic reactions. Therefore, before active application, it is necessary to gradually introduce passion fruit into your diet, gradually increasing the amount. If allergic reactions are not manifested, and there is no suspicion of individual intolerance to the product, then the fruit of passion fruit is fully suited to you and you can enjoy its magical properties.
When buying passion fruit, it is worth choosing a shriveled fruit of a darkish color. Ripe fruit can be in the refrigerator for a week.