PASSION FRUIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I planted a new plant last year, a passion fruit, nothing has come of it yet but anticipating some fruit next year.  The passion fruit is a strange but very tasty food.  It is a rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber.One fruit contains about 17 calories.  About 25% of the fruit is fiber and helps remove cholesterol from the body.  Passion fruit has lots of vitamin C and consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against flu-like infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.  Also rich in Vitamin A, essential for good eyesight.  Potassium is another ingredient and helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.  The fruit is a very good source of minerals. Iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus.  When picking the fruit or buying in the supermarket,  keep them in a basket and place in cool dark place and they stay well for 1-2 days. Ripe fruits may be kept inside the refrigerator for up to one week.   Passion fruit freezes well. Simply scoop the pulp into a bowl, add a little sugar, and freeze.   Fruits with wrinkle surface are actually more flavorful and rich in sugar.  To eat a fresh passion fruit, cut it in half carefully and scoop out the yummy interior with a spoon!  You can put some passion fruit in your salad for a crunchy effect.  Also great in yogurt and as a topping on cakes desserts.  

Passion fruit is native to Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay but they can be found around the world.  

There can be some side affects with passion fruit.  The sedative property of passion fruit can lead to intervention with drugs. If you are already administered medicines for depression and anxiety, then consult your doctor about the permissible dosage of this fruit.   For similar reasons, excessive alcohol and passion fruit should be avoided. They can make your reflexes extremely sluggish even if temporarily.  Aspirin should not be taken with Passion fruit as it can enhance the effect of this medicine which can dilute the blood excessively.

Here is a link to Passion Fruit Cheesecake, when you make it save me a piece!!   http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/passion-fruit-cheesecake-recipe.html