Saturday, October 31, 2009
While the origin of the passion fruit plant is unknown, it is generally believed to be native to Brazil where 16th Century Spanish Catholics named it "Flor de las cinco llagas" or "flower of the five wounds" after its distinctive purple flower.
There are two types of passion fruit, the purple and yellow passion fruit, which differ in appearance but taste the same. One is about the size of a large egg, oval shaped with a purple-brown skin. The other is quite a bit larger, round and about the size of an orange. This type is bright yellow on the outside. Both contain a jelly like pulp inside with hundreds of small black seeds.
Passion fruit by itself tends to taste tart. It is usually used with other types of fruit in recipes to lighten its tangy taste. Passion fruit, as well as its flower, are known for their aromatic scent. Because of its sweet smelling fragrance, passion fruit is sometimes added to food simply to enhance its aroma.
Passion fruit is popular in gourmet cooking. It is used in many desserts, such as passion fruit-mango mousse and passion fruit brulee. Some jams are made of passion fruit. Passion fruit is also used in main dishes, such as lobster with passion fruit butter sauce. Juice, punch, liqueurs and cocktails have a tropical flair when made with passion fruit.
The health benefits of Passion Fruit:
1.Passion fruit juice is an excellent digestive stimulant and helps in the treatment of other gastric ailments.
2.Passion fruit seeds contain high amount of fiber that the body needs to cleanse the colon, improve digestion, and help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
3.Passion fruit is high in vitamin A & C which helps the body to remove free radicals that cause skin and tissue damage, and it also helps to improve our vision.
4.It is also rich in Vitamin C which helps to repair tissue, helps prevent heart disease and cancer and helps our bones.
5.There is also a compound in passion fruit that is believed to block histamine, reduce allergy and inflammation; passion fruit therefore has the health benefit of reducing the symptoms of asthma.
6.The antioxidants found in passion fruit have been found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.