All about Passion Fruit
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This week, we are talking about one of our favorite fruits-the passion fruit! We will go into more detail about why they are such an important part of your diet, what types of recipes you can make with them, and even how to pick them up if you do not know how!
Passion fruits come in many shapes and sizes and grow both straight down or curved upwards. They also vary in color from white all the way through shades of pink to almost red!
They are usually oval shaped and around 1/2 inch wide making it easy to add them to most foods as a flavor boost. However, there are some recipes that require only half a passion fruit, so be sure to check out this article to see which ones!
There is no wrong time to enjoy a passion fruit either. You have until the end of the season to eat them, but if you happen to spot one when buying fresh produce in spring or summer, get while the taste is good is still their best state!
As mentioned before, aside from just eating them plain, people often use them in recipes for sweet dishes or salty snacks. These uses include adding them to drinks, baking, and cooking vegetables and meat.
What are passion fruits?
Passion fruit is an edible berry that grows in tropical climates around the world. They are notifiable berries, which means they must be picked before them to set and grow. These picks can taste sweet and tangy depending on the variety!
Passion fruits usually come in two sizes: small or large. The size depends on what kind of flavor you want to get from eating one. It also varies by country; some place more value on the bigger ones while others appreciate the smaller ones.
They are most well-known for their unique texture. Even though they are considered a fresh vegetable, passion fruits have a tart pulp inside that people love.
What do they like about the passion fruit’s pulp? Some say it has a better flavor than regular oranges. Others say it reminds them of coconut or even chocolate!
Some health benefits of consuming passion fruits include improving skin conditions such as dry, flaky skin or excessive sweating.
Finding passion fruit
Now, let’s talk about where to find fresh passion fruits! Most grocery stores these days will have dried powdery sweet mango pieces in their baking sections. These are great to add into your breakfast or dessert recipes as an ingredient.
However, if you want to make sure you get the most delicious taste out of this product, opt for the fresh version instead!
Passion fruits come in various colors depending on the variety that plant was bred from. The color does not affect the flavor at all! When choosing your passion fruits, make sure they look beautiful and give a good smell.
They can be hard when dry so choose them close to meal times to enjoy them more quickly.
How to eat passion fruit
When eating a passionfruit, do not pull off any of the skin or squeeze the fruits before tasting it. This would potentially hurt your mouth and taste buds!
Once you have popped the passionfruit seltzer water bubble, put some pressure on the fruit by pressing down with your hand or spoon, then immediately run your index finger along the inner membrane of the passionfruit.
This will separate the fuzzy white pulp from the smooth golden flesh. The pulp should be slightly pinkish in color while the other part is bright yellow.
Now either use the pulp as a delicious jelly or mix it into desserts or drinks. It has a lovely flavor that can be enjoyed alone or mixed into recipes.
Popular passion fruits
Another popular type of passion fruit is the white or pink berry that most people know as a ‘grape’. These are not actually grapes at all! They are instead little spheres that grow under the skin of the passionfruit, and contain a thick cream like liquid called pulp.
The juice in the passionfruit pulp can be mixed into drinks or eaten directly off the spoon, and it will taste delicious!
Some people may notice an odd flavor when eating passionfruit, which is caused by either the peel or the seeds. The taste is similar to a kumquat, which some call a Turkish grape.
These different tastes are what make passionfruit so interesting to eat.
What is the difference between a papaya and a passion fruit?
Both are in season during spring, but one is much more popular than the other. Why? Because while both taste delicious, there’s really nothing special about the way the flavor of the passion fruit comes across when you eat it.
As we know, eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean spending extra money on fruits and vegetables that do not cost a lot. If you love the sweet flavor of a passion fruit, make sure to buy your own bag!
It can be quite expensive if you don’t purchase it directly from where it was grown. There are some brands that sell lower quality ones that may contain additives or chemicals that would potentially harm you.
Tips for eating passion fruit
While most people enjoy them, not everyone loves passion fruits! Some find they are too sour or taste better when eaten with sugar.
There are two main types of passionfruit: stevia-sweetened and plain. The difference is in the berry part of the fruit. For the berry part to grow, the passionfruit needs water and sunlight, so make sure to give it those to see how many berries it will produce.
When the passionfruit is dry, you can soak it in liquid until it rehydrates. If there is some white foam on the top of the passionfruit juice, do not worry about it as it will disappear during digestion.
Just remember that the longer you let the pulp sit, the more acid it will develop, so try to eat it within an hour after soaking.
What are other fruits like passion fruit?
Most people know what kiwis are, but less well-known is that mangoes have a little bit of flavor called arabinose which gives them their slightly sweet taste.
Apricots also contain small amounts of this sugar, which makes it difficult to eat enough apricots as they can sometimes be very tart.
Passionfruit comes in two main varieties depending on how much acid you want or need. The sour variety does not contain much glucose or sucrose so if you are looking for a more neutral tasting juice then the sugary type does not fit your needs.
Health benefits of passion fruit
Recent studies have shown that eating more fruits can help prevent or treat many health conditions, including diabetes. The reason is because they contain important minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin C.
Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and has been linked to lower risk of heart disease. Magnesium aids in muscle relaxation and sleep regulation, both of which are important for healthy mental functioning.
Calcium helps keep bones strong and regular intake may reduce risk of osteoporosis. Vitamin C helps your body use other nutrients, so when you’re hungry, try some grapes or berries to get your needed dose.
Passion fruit contains these vitamins and minerals along with another nutrient called biflavonoid. Biflavonoids work like antioxidants by helping neutralize free radicals and preventing them from causing additional damage to cells.
It also acts like an antioxidant itself, protecting molecules in the body from oxidative stress. Because it is a slightly bitter food item, it does not agree with most people’s taste buds, but it can be consumed either raw or cooked.