How Is Passion Fruit Good For You
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This week, we’re going to talk about another delicious tropical fruit — passion fruit! It’s called that because when you cut it in half, it looks like the person eating it is passionately kissing the other half.
Many people eat this sweet juicy berry frequently as an after-dinner treat or snack. What makes passion fruits special is their high content of vitamin C and antioxidants.
They also contain some glucose and fiber which helps keep your blood sugar stable. That means you can probably enjoy one right after dinner without feeling hungry again soon!
There are several ways to use passion fruits in cooking. When they're raw, they taste slightly tangy. But once dried or cooked, their flavor intensifies.
What does passion fruit taste like?
The flavor of passion fruits can range from sweet to sour, depending on what you use them in. They are usually described as having a tangy citrus flavor that some say resembles grapefruit.
They can be dried out and mixed into things such as cereals or yogurts or eaten alone.
Many people enjoy eating them right off the plant so they do not have to worry about adding extra ingredients to the recipe.
Passion fruits grow in clusters on long vines which make them hard to harvest without special tools. Luckily, there are several ways to prepare passion fruits!
What makes passion fruits good for you is their vitamin C content along with antioxidants. These include vitamins A, B, and E as well as minerals such as zinc and magnesium.
Some studies show that eating one fresh passion fruit per day may help keep your bones healthy due to its high levels of calcium.
How to buy passion fruit
Does it taste good? If yes, then you have found your passion fruit! Most recipes call for one or two berries per serving, so if you find a lot of seeds, that means they probably did not like this berry enough to eat all of them.
If there are no seeds, then you may need to choose another berry since these can be tricky to source. Luckily, most grocery stores either sell fresh ones or dried ones that you can rehydrate.
You should always check whether the brand is natural and organic as they might contain additives such as sugar which cannot. There are some brands that use stevia instead, but only in limited quantities due to possible health risks.
Natural sweeteners such as honey can also add flavor to the drink, depending on what recipe you are making.
How to eat passion fruit
Most recipes call for half a cup of passion fruits, but you can actually enjoy them just by yourself! Passion fruits are inedible when they're not ripe so if you see one that looks slightly soft or wrinkled, it's time to buy it!
To consume a fresh passion fruit, hold it under running water for a few seconds until it releases its natural juice. If there is no liquid, then the fruit is not fully mature yet and should be refrigerated or discarded!
After eating your passion fruit, wash it first to remove any residue or taste that may remain. Because it has some sugar content, it is nice to rinse off these flavors!
Some people recommend washing the passion fruit using plain white vinegar as this removes the acidity of the fruit. However, we do not suggest this as it might change the color of the passion fruit which could affect how it tastes next time you eat it.
Nutrition facts about passion fruit
Like most tropical fruits, passion fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and iron. They also contain bioactive compounds that work to promote health and weight loss.
Bioactive compounds are nature’s food additives that work in your body to help prevent or treat disease.
Research shows that some of these compounds can boost bone growth and repair, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol, aid in immune system function and more.
What are some different varieties of passion fruit?
Another variety of passion fruits is called white passion fruit or kumara in New Zealand. These do not have a red coloration like regular passionfruit, but they are still rich in vitamins and minerals. They can be found either in dried form that you rehydrate before use or as pure juice.
You may have heard of them being referred to as golden passion fruit because of their bright yellow hue when raw. This does not apply to eating the pulp however, only the skin will get this effect. The taste is said to be similar to guava!
White passion fruit can also be used in baking instead of using normal green passionfruit which cannot be substituted unless you want your recipe to fail.
Red passion fruit
This juicy berry is most often consumed raw or dried and then mixed into recipes and drinks. It can be eaten alone as a snack, in desserts, and even made into jam!
Red passion fruits are rich in antioxidants that work to promote health and prevent disease. Recent studies have shown that passion flower may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
It also helps increase sex drive. And while it may sound strange, eating more berries may boost bone density and decrease risk of osteoporosis.
Green passion fruit
While not many people know it, passion fruits are more than just delicious snacks or drinks. Many health benefits have been linked to them, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, improved blood glucose levels, and potential weight loss benefits.
These tangy fruits contain several vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. They also contain biflavonoids that may help reduce oxidative stress in the body.
Oxidative stress is when your body produces too much of an oxidizing agent (like free radicals) which can cause inflammation. Because passion fruits are full of antioxidants, eating one half of a fresh passion fruit every day has been suggested as a way to decrease oxidative stress.
However, research about passion fruits and overall health is still in its early stages. Therefore, until we find out more, try to eat as many as you like!
Disclaimer: The content in this article should not be used as medical advice or considered as treatment at home alone without consulting your doctor first. For serious illness, seek immediate care from a qualified healthcare professional.
Purple passion fruit
Purplish fruits are not only delicious, but they're also rich in antioxidants and other nutrients. They can be eaten alone or added to recipes as a garnish or ingredient.
Purple passion fruit is no exception! It's famous for its sweet taste and soft texture. It comes in jars or cans and typically costs around $3 per one cup.
You may have already tried eating it while it was green like the rest of the berries, but did you know that purple passion fruit contains more vitamins than white ones?
Some studies show that passion fruit contain antioxidant compounds called proanthocyanidins (PA). These PA molecules work by helping your body remove harmful free radicals from the system.
This effect has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and inflammation.  Therefore, eating enough PA helps keep your health strong.