Passion fruit is a sweet and tart fruit that is native to South America (from southern Brazil up to northern Argentina).
The flower of the Passiflora edulis was known by Spanish missionaries as the Flor de las cinco lagas (flower of the five wounds) because it illustrated the crucifixion of Christ. Hence, the name passion fruit was originated.
Passion fruit is often served as a dessert or used to flavor a variety of foods like sauces, ice creams, and beverages.
Passion fruit will be shriveled looking when fully ripe. Ripen fruit at room temperature until it reaches that stage.
Store ripe passion fruit in the refrigerator for up to a week.
A glass of passion fruit juice acts as an excellent coolant and is an incredibly refreshing drink on hot days.
Passion fruit juice is a laxative. It is beneficial in treating digestive problems and for those suffering from constipation.
Passion fruit and its flower contain medicinal Alkaloids and its phytonutrients are known to have mild sedative properties. It was found that eating passion fruit relaxes the nervous system and induces sleep.
Once passion fruit is ripe, it can be eaten as is with the pulp scooped out. The seeds are edible, but the flesh can also be strained through cheesecloth to remove the seeds.
Passion fruit juice can be added to other juices to improve the flavor and add a more exotic taste.
Passion fruit juice can be boiled down to a syrup which can be used for sauces, gelatin desserts, candy, ice cream, and cocktails.
Passion fruit makes an excellent topping to fluffy and light pavlova.
Passion fruit is a great source of fiber. A single serving provides the human body with approximately 98% of its daily fiber needs.
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