Passion Fruit

Unveiling The Truth About Passion Fruit

Purple skin passion fruit cut half
Purple skin passion fruit cut half

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Intro to passion fruit

Passion fruit, a tropical marvel, captivates with its alluring flavour and unique appearance. Originating in South America, this exotic vine fruit belongs to the Passiflora genus thus renowned for vibrant colours and distinctive taste. The round to ovoid fruits are usually yellow or purple and contain many seeds surrounded by a gelatinous and tasty pulp. Once sliced open, the fruit releases an aromatic burst of sweetness, tanginess, and floral notes, creating an irresistible symphony of flavours on the palate.

Apart from its delightful taste similarly it offers an array of nutritional benefits, making it a favoured choice among health-conscious individuals. With ample vitamins A and C, as well as dietary fibre, it bolsters the immune system, promotes healthy vision, and aids in digestion. Moreover, passion fruit is rich in antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals and supporting overall well-being. Its versatility extends beyond being savoured fresh, finding its way into an array of culinary creations, from refreshing beverages and desserts to savoury dishes, infusing each recipe with its tropical allure.

Take a sneak peek at unripe passion fruit on the farm.

Discover the secret to a healthier you

Aid Diabetes Treatment

Passion fruit low glycemic index (GI) and high fibre content make it a valuable addition to the diet of individuals with diabetes. It has been linked to lowering serum cholesterol levels and enhancing insulin function, thereby reducing insulin resistance.

What’s insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance occurs when muscle, fat, and liver cells fail to respond effectively to insulin, leading to reduced absorption of glucose from your blood. Consequently, the pancreas compensates by producing more insulin, aiming to facilitate glucose entry into cells.

Individuals experiencing insulin resistance often receive a pre diabetes diagnosis, increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Moreover, diabetes patients face elevated risks of acquiring various chronic conditions, including heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, infections in extremities, and erectile dysfunction (in men).

Info source from: Pantai Hospital

Regulate blood pressure and protect the heart

Abundant in potassium, a vital mineral, passion fruit aids in the regulation of blood pressure levels. By relaxing blood vessels and enhancing blood flow, potassium reduces strain on the heart, contributing to overall heart health.

Hypertension, commonly known as High Blood Pressure, characterises consistent elevation of blood pressure (systolic blood pressure of 140 mmHg or greater and/or diastolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or greater).

Info source from: MyHEALTH Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia

Boosting immunity

Passion fruit contains essential nutrients such as vitamin C, carotene, and cryptoxanthin, all of which play a vital role in strengthening the immune system. Vitamin C, in particular, stimulates white blood cell activity, further bolstering the body’s defense against common ailments. Beta carotene serves as a significant antioxidant, and your body converts it into essential vitamin A, playing a crucial role in maintaining good eyesight.

Enhance digestive health

For those seeking to enhance digestive health, look no further than passion fruit. This delectable fruit is an excellent source of dietary fibre, both in its pulp and rind, making it a valuable addition to a digestion-friendly diet. The soluble fibrecontent aids digestion and acts as a laxative, promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. Additionally, it aids in reducing total cholesterol levels by facilitating cholesterol excretion through the faeces.

Anti ageing

With its abundant vitamin A content, passion fruit supports skin rejuvenation, promoting a healthy complexion. The presence of antioxidants like vitamin C helps delay the ageing process, while other nutrients like riboflavin and carotene contribute to improved skin health and hydration, effectively delaying the signs of premature ageing.

How to eat passion fruit

To enjoy a passion fruit, start by slicing it in half with a serrated knife and then scooping out the soft mixture of orange flesh and black seeds. You have the option to transfer the flesh into a bowl or simply eat it directly out of the rind with a spoon.

If you prefer a seedless experience, separate the passion fruit seeds from the juice using a strainer or a piece of cheesecloth. Keep in mind that creating a glass of passion fruit juice may require several individual passion fruits.

Incorporate the delightful flavour of passion fruit into various dishes, including cakes, mousse, pies, drinks, and even soups. The possibilities are endless!

What does passion fruit taste like

The fruit emits an incredibly sweet and citrusy aroma. Upon tasting, the initial experience is sweetness, followed by a dry bitterness, akin to lemon sourness. Yet, after the initial sourness, the subtle sweetness makes a comeback, leaving a delightful sweet and sour aftertaste.

This layered combination of flavours gives passion fruit its distinct and delightful taste. Additionally, the taste of passion fruit may vary depending on how it is prepared, and it complements other ingredients wonderfully in various recipes.

Can you eat the seeds?

Yes, you can eat passion fruit seeds. They are entirely edible and play a significant role in enhancing the tart flavor of this tropical fruit. Given their small size, they can be swallowed whole or chewed, offering a slightly crunchy texture.Moreover, passion fruit seeds are rich in fiber, making them beneficial for digestion.

So, don’t hesitate to enjoy them to reap their digestive benefits!

How to store passion fruit 

They make for an excellent snack or dessert, making it a wonderful addition to your home. When they are medium-ripe, you can store them at room temperature for up to two weeks. However, if you cut one open, it should be refrigerated. Simply place opened passion fruits in an airtight container and store them in the cool compartment of your refrigerator for seven to ten days.

For whole passion fruits stored in the fridge, ensure they are placed in an airtight container, and they can last about one to two months.

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How to buy

Interested in trying passion fruit? We got you covered. Currently, we offer fresh passion fruit pulp in frozen form, free from any added preservatives, sugar, water, or external ingredients.

You can find them in two packaging options: 500g (RM 30) or 1kg (RM 45).

100% PURE passion fruit pulp in 500g packaging.

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