How To Eat Passion Fruit
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This week, we are going to talk about one of the most beautiful fruits in the world-the passion fruit! They look like little green tomatoes that grow on vines.
Unlike tomato plants, you will not see leaves on these fruits. It is this lack of foliage that makes them seem very elegant.
They also taste delicious; some say it tastes better than ketchup!
Many people enjoy eating the seeds raw or sprinkling them onto foods as an edible decoration. Others eat the sweet flesh alone or use it in recipes.
Sadly, though, few know how to properly prepare passion fruits. Some cut them in half and suck out all their juicy content, but then what do you put the empty shell aside?
It disappears quickly so if you want to save that unique piece, you must remember to refresh your plate! Doing this can be tricky because most kids would just throw away the leftover shells.
Fortunately for passionate fruit fans, there is a way to preserve the beauty of this fruit by drying it.
Look for bright colors and smooth skin
The most important thing to know about passion fruit is that you should not eat the seeds. This could potentially hurt you or your stomach!
The fruits of the passion flower contain a compound called glycosylated flavonoids, or GFs for short. These GFs are what give the fruit its beautiful color and texture.
However, aside from their attractive qualities, these compounds also play an integral role in promoting cardiovascular health.
A review published in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating one serving per day of dried passion fruit reduced LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 5% and total cholesterol by 4%.
Another study conducted at the University of California, Davis determined that GF supplements reduce blood pressure. Consuming two glasses per week was enough to see significant drops in both systolic and diastolic pressures.
Peel and try to taste it
Now that you have washed and dried your passion fruit, peel off its skin using your index finger or thumb.
Once you have peeled it away, cut the passion fruits in half and use your mouth to taste it. Make sure to roll it around your tongue and swallow the juice!
The flavor of passion fruit will vary from person to person depending on whether or not they like citrus flavors. Some people do not like citrus at all so their perception of passion fruit may be limited due to this.
However, there are some who love citrus so much that the acidity can be too much for them. If this is the case for you then no worries! Because passion fruits contain important vitamins such as A and C along with iron, they are an excellent source of nutrition.
Buy the fruit in the shell and remove the seeds
Although some people may not like eating them, passion fruits are worth it! They taste great and can be incorporated into many recipes or simply eaten as a dessert item.
Passion fruits come in several colors depending on the plant species that they grow from. The color of the flesh is due to bioactive compounds such as carotenoids that contribute to healthy skin and immune function.
These bioactive compounds also play an important role in protecting us against oxidative stress which can damage cells and molecules within the body. Oxidative stress has been linked to diseases and aging.
Since passion fruits are high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals like potassium, they are considered good foods for the diet.
Pour boiling water on it
After you rinse off the passion fruit, pour some hot water onto it to release all of its delicious juices.
You can either do this directly in your mouth or use a glass bowl to contain the juice.
The taste will be slightly tart which is perfect for eating right away! If you like more flavor, then add some sugar until you find your favorite level.
This recipe makes one cup of passion fruit sauce! It is great mixed with yogurt and served as dessert or eaten as an after meal snack.
I recommend adding some cinnamon to balance out the acidity and making it taste even better.
Try making fruit salads
While eating berries or other fruits alone is delicious, doing so in a salad makes it more special. Adding an additional layer to the dish gives you new ways to mix and match ingredients.
Tossing some passion fruit pieces into your mixed greens will give it a slight tangy flavor that pairs well with most foods.
You can also add fresh strawberries, kiwi chunks, or even pineapple rings for more variety. The possibilities are endless!
Another way to enjoy this healthy snack is to take time to prepare it. Either buy dried-up passion fruit at a grocery store or make your own by drying cherry halves in a dehydrator or using a low oven setting until dry.
Make passion fruit butter
If you love passion fruits, then it is time to make some passion fruit butter! Passion fruit butter can be made in your own kitchen using all natural ingredients. It is a perfect way to enjoy this delicious tropical ingredient outside of eating it as a snack or dessert item.
Passion fruit butter can be used as an easy to add into dishes toppings or spread onto toast or bread. It can also be mixed into desserts or eaten alone like a cream cheese alternative.
This recipe for passion fruit butter only takes 10 minutes to make and there are very few steps involved.
Make tart or fruit cups
While most people know how to make plain yogurt with sugar, adding in some fruits and eating it either as a snack or dessert is much more fun! Plus, you can add in different dried fruits, fresh berries, and even cocoa powder for an extra taste sensation!
Making your own snacks or desserts will save you money too because you get to choose what ingredients you use. Having a variety of natural foods is helpful for improving your health so why not start now?
You do not need a lot of equipment to prepare delicious passion fruit drinks. All that you need are 2 bowls, 1 plate, and a stick to stir the drink with. That’s everything!
If you would like some additional tips before you begin making your own snacks, then keep reading here! We have gathered some helpful information for you to read through.
Try making a passion fruit smoothie
If you are looking to add some more flavor to your diet, then adding one or several fresh passion fruits to a daily drink is an excellent way to do so. They taste very tangy with undertones of sweet.
Passion fruits grow in clusters of around 10-20 individual fruits. When they are in season, buy them whole to preserve their natural sweetness.
They can be consumed directly as a vegetable, used in recipes, or pulped and mixed into other foods or beverages. But remember, even though it may look like there’s enough for one person, start off with just a few spoonsful and work up from there!
Many people enjoy drinking them either plain or mixed into yogurt or milk. You can also mix them into dessert dishes such as pudding or ice cream.
When shopping for passion fruits, make sure they feel soft and not hard. They should also smell slightly sour, not overly tart or smelling burnt.