Passion fruit, properties and curiosities

The passion fruit , also known as passion fruit or passion fruit, is perfect to regain strength in the days of exhaustion or very hot.

What is passion fruit?

The passion fruit, passion fruit or also known as the passion fruit, is a fruit of the group of sweets. In addition to being sweet with a somewhat acidic taste, it is very refreshing.

Where does passion fruit come from?

The passion fruit belongs to the great family of passion fruit. In addition, this fruit comes from the tropical zone of South America .

It is the fruit of the passionflower (Passiflora edulis) which is a climbing plant that belongs to the genus of the passiflora.

This plant (Passiflora edulis) was used in traditional medicine as an anxiolytic and sedative through the infusion of its leaves and the flower.

Also, the pharmaceutical company currently uses it to manufacture different extracts and tablets that relieve minor anxiety disorders and facilitate sleep. In addition, its richness in polyphenols also makes it an excellent antioxidant among other health benefits.

Two types of varieties are grown :

  • purple-violet in color , shaped like an Edulis , which is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay, and northern Argentina.
  • Another yellow one is shaped like Flavicarpa Degener , which is probably native to the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

Both types of this fruit need moisture in soil rich in nutrients.

The passionflower (Passiflora edulis) is native to the tropical zone of the American continent , like the dragon fruit . Mainly from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. However, at present it is also cultivated in other regions of the tropics and subtropics such as India, New Zealand, the Caribbean, California, East Africa, mainly.

Why do they call it passion fruit?

Now that we’ve introduced passion fruit to you, are you curious why they call it passion fruit?

Many people associate it with the livid or with topics related to sex. Nothing could be further from the truth, since it was precisely the shape of this plant that explains why passion fruit is known today as a passion fruit.

When we Spaniards arrived in the new world and saw this fruit for the first time, they associated it with the crown of thorns of Jesus Christ.

Moreover, they also found similarities in the shape of the flower itself, where they claimed to find the elements that were used in the crucifixion of Jesus (the cross, the nails and the hammer). It is possible that they were stunned by the trip because seeing this flower, there are doubts about the cross.

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Finally, and in case you haven’t had enough of the above, the purple-violet color of one of its varieties resembles the purple color typical of Holy Week.

For all that was explained, it ended up being called passion fruit.

How do you eat passion fruit?

It is a fruit that we do not usually see in our markets but that, in addition to having a very pleasant taste , refreshes us, hydrates us and provides us with many benefits for our health.

Like most fruits, passion fruit is only eaten with the pulp that is extracted from the inside of the fruit. It can be eaten directly with the mouth or with a teaspoon.

As I always recommend, fruits are best eaten raw and fresh and in the case of passion fruit or passion fruit it will not be an exception.

It is also used as a syrup to prepare delicious dessert recipes and to make fantastic refreshing drinks, juices and smoothies , with the fruit alone or combined with other fruits and vegetables.

The juice from this food can also be used as a dressing to make different recipes, just as we can use lemon or vinegar.

How to prepare a passion fruit juice?

As I have explained previously, there are several ways to make juices of this food but I am going to explain a way to make passion fruit juice in a very basic and simple way.

The ingredients to make the juice are:

  • Passion fruit
  • Water
  • Sugar or other sweetener (optional)
  • Ice (optional but ideal for hot weather)

The fruit is washed well and the pulp is extracted from its interior that is passed through the blender and the water is added. As it has seeds, it can be uncomfortable so it can be strained using a strainer. Personally, I like that the juice contains the seeds so that it is richer in fiber.

After this process, sugar or another sweetener can be added to the juice, although I don’t like to add anything to it.

After making it, you can add ice or, as we have already explained, mix it with other fruit or vegetable juices.

Passion fruit season

In Spain it is produced in regions of Andalusia and the Canary Islands. The season yellow and purple varieties bloom and bear fruit practically all year round. However, the best time to consume this fruit is from October to April.

You can check the calendar of the  fruit season  to be able to consume these foods at their most optimal moment. In addition, when they are in season they provide us with  more benefits for our health, they have a better aroma and are tastier , among other advantages.

Passion fruit properties

Passion fruit is characterized by its high amount of water, which is its main component. In other words, it is a perfect moisturizer like most tropical fruits.

In addition, it contains a high proportion of carbohydrates, which is why it is considered a caloric fruit. Therefore, it is a perfect natural energy recuperator.

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It is also a source of provitamin A that is more abundant in the yellow variety than in the purple variety.

It is also rich in other vitamins , as I have already mentioned, such as vitamin C and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus and magnesium.

Average nutritional information per 100 grams of passion fruit

Carbohydrates23.38 g
 • Sugars11.20 g
 • Dietary fiber10.4 g
Fats0.70 g
Protein2.20 g
Water72.93 g
Retinol (vit. A)64 μg (7%)
Thiamine (vit. B1)0 mg (0%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2)0.130 mg (9%)
Niacin (vit. B3)1.500 mg (10%)
Vitamin B60.100 mg (8%)
C vitamin30.0 mg (50%)
Vitamin E0.02 mg (0%)
Vitamina K0.7 μg (1%)
Football12 mg (1%)
Iron1.60 mg (13%)
Magnesium29 mg (8%)
Match68 mg (10%)
Potassium348 mg (7%)
Sodium28 mg (2%)
Zinc0.10 mg (1%)

% of the recommended daily amount for adults.

Source: Purple passion fruit, raw in the USDA Nutrient Database.

Passion fruit benefits

I have already explained that these fruits have a multitude of nutrients beneficial to health , such as vitamins and minerals that make this fruit a powerful antioxidant.

Facilitates digestion

In addition to vitamins and minerals, it is a fruit that is rich in fiber. It provides natural fiber to our body that facilitates digestion.

Intestinal regulator

It provides us with fiber that provides us with the seeds contained in the pulp. Therefore, it helps us with a correct regulation of intestinal transit.

In addition to preventing constipation thanks to the fiber it provides, it helps reduce blood cholesterol levels. It also helps control blood glucose (blood sugar levels) in people who have diabetes .

Ideal for weight loss diets

Thanks to the amount of carbohydrates and fiber, it exerts a satiating effect. In addition, thanks to these properties, it is ideal for people who follow a diet to lose weight.

Powerful antioxidant

Thanks to its contribution of vitamins to our body, it becomes a powerful antioxidant that helps us delay the symptoms of aging.

Natural restorative

It favors the strengthening of our natural defenses thanks to the contribution of carbohydrates, minerals and proteins. In addition, it helps us to recover energy quickly thanks to its properties.

To finish, we recommend that you try this fabulous fruit. Therefore, that you take advantage of all its properties and enjoy its characteristic flavor that will surprise you.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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