This power puff fruit takes me down the memory lane; to the countryside where I grew up. I saw, touched and relished this aromatic fruit as a child. After moving to the city, there is not even a glimpse of it.
Passion fruit plant is a creeper. The fruit has a thick wrinkled rind which is purple brown in color, and grows up to three inches in diameter.
The orange color pulp and the black seeds inside are edible.
Another name for passion fruit is ‘Purple Granadillas’.
It has such great calming effect on humans that according to Dominique Storm, “A passion fruit a day, keeps the insomnia away”.
The fruit has great nutritional value. Its health benefits are many and are mentioned below:
1. It is a low fat food item.
2. The carbohydrates and sugar in the fruit boost the energy level and strengthen you physically.
3. Sodium and potassium in the passion fruit help maintain the water balance in the body and protect the muscles from cramps.
4. The seeds in the fruit provide fiber which helps in bowel movements. The fiber also helps in lowering the cholesterol levels and blood fats.
5. Iron found in the fruit builds up immunity and red blood cells in the body.
6. Passion fruit has flavanoids which protect the body from cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
7. The Retinal Activity equivalent of the fruit takes care of the health of the eyes.
8. Passion fruit has antioxidants, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthene, which prevent free radicals that damage cells and DNA resulting in cancer.
9. The antioxidants are both water soluble and fat soluble ones.
10. Plant sterol which lowers blood cholesterol is found in passion fruit.
11. Vitamin C helps in the healing of injuries and protecting the eyes from cataract. It also helps in the absorption of iron.
12. The immune system of the body is strengthened by the presence of vitamins A, C, E and zinc.
13. Potassium in the fruit helps lower blood pressure, do away with symptoms of arthritis, control seizures and relieve headaches.
14. The passion fruit peel extract has qualities to reduce wheezing, thus helping asthma patients.
15. The flavanoids in the peel extract help reduce allergic reactions and inflammation.
16. Passion fruit is also helpful in relieving anxiety, headaches and insomnia.
17. Phosphorus is found in the fruit and is involved in the general functioning of the body.
18. Passion fruit has folates which help in synthesizing and repairing DNA and neutralizing the effect of homocystein. It is also needed for rapid cell division and growth.
19. Zinc is required by every cell in your body. Passion fruit has it.
20. Riboflavin is present in the fruit which is a stress buster.
21. The vitamin B6 which is helpful in digestion and manufacture of insulin and antibodies in fighting infections is available in passion fruit.
22. The benefits of vitamin E are enhanced by the presence of selenium in the fruit.
23. Magnesium in the fruit helps in the absorption of vitamin C and calcium.
24. Passion fruit has selenium which helps in the proper functioning of heart.
25. The anti aging property of the fruit is commendable because of the presence of magnesium, selenium, and vitamin E.
26. Vitamin E, magnesium and calcium in the passion fruit help in the proper functioning of nerves and muscles.
27. Calcium found in the fruit strengthens the bones and teeth and helps in blood coagulation.
28. Niacin (vitamin B3) in the fruit helps in the metabolism of all the food groups we consume.
29. Vitamin K is a phytonutrient present in the passion fruit, the main function of which is blood coagulation.
Passion fruit can be eaten raw scooping out the pulp along with the seeds.
It can be taken as a snack as it has all the dietary components needed for the body.
The leaves and the flowers of the passion fruit are also found to be of great medicinal value.
When you are mentally and physically tired, reach out for a glass of passion fruit juice. It will work wonders on you. It will soothe you and give you instant energy.
About the Author: Mrs. Thankam Scott is a post graduate in commerce, has done two years diploma in theology. Basically a home maker, she is also an educationist, social activist, and a counselor. Is a volunteer of YWCA. She in interested in reading, writing, creative cooking, gardening, and stitching. Has participated in green food program and is actively practicing it.