- Passion fruit is a creeper vine species of passion flower, a kind of berry available in both round to oval shapes. It has a tough outer rind and juicy, seed-filled center. The outer skin comes in various colors – ranging from yellow, golden or purple.
- On the exteriors, the fruit can be both soft and firm to the touch and the interiors are filled with abundant seeds and juice with a gel-like consistency.
- Passion fruit is generally consumed as juice and most often mixed with other fruit juices to enhance its taste.
TYPES OF PASSION FRUIT:
There are several types that vary in size and color. Purple and yellow varieties are the most commonly available ones, including:
- Passiflora edulis. These are small round or oval-shaped fruits with purple skin.
- Passiflora flavicarpa. This kind is round or oval with yellow skin and usually slightly larger than the purple variety.
- Choose a spot in full sun except in very hot areas, where partial shade is preferable.
- Prepare your potting soil with organic matter and vermicompost.
- Passion fruit is best planted between mid-spring and mid-summer.
- Feed passion fruit with nutrients like potassium and panchagavya.
- Mulch and water well, particularly over the warmer months.
- Give a wall support so that it spreads and grow
Nutritional Value of Passion Fruit:
- They are so popular because of their high vitamin content. They are highly rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene that boosts your immunity. The fruit also has iron which increases haemoglobin in our red blood cells.
- The rich content of riboflavin (vitamin B6) and niacin (vitamin B3) helps in regulate the thyroid activity in our body.
For a 100-gram serving the quantity of nutrients
- Calories – 97 gm
- Protein – 2.2 gram
- carbohydrate – 23 gram
- Total fat – 0.7 gram
- Fiber 10.4 gram
- Calcium- 2 milligram
- Iron – 1.6 milligram
- Vitamin C – 5.4 milligram
- Passion fruit is harvested when the fruits are plump, have a slight give, and are fully colored, either dark purple or dark yellow, orange or red.
- Slightly wrinkled fruits are super ripe and will have a sweeter taste than smooth skinned fruits.
- The purple passion fruit is preferred for fresh consumption while the yellow passion fruit is most often used for juice processing and making preserves.
Health Benefits of Passion Fruit:
1. Key nutrient.
2. Rich source of antioxidants
3. A good source of fiber
4. Improves insulin sensitivity
5. Supports heart health
6. Boosts the immune system
7. Helps reduce stress and anxiety
8 .Promotes Eye Health
Although the fruit is sour and tangy, it makes for a healthy snack that can be consumed at any part of the day due to its richness in many nutrients. If you have never eaten a passion fruit, it is high time you grow your own passion fruit for you wont be dissappointed with what the fruit has to offer.
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Write up By :
Kavita B M