Pleasantly sweet and tart, passion fruit, or granadilla, is brimming with numerous plant derived health benefiting nourishment essentials for the optimum growth. Passions are native to subtropical wild regions of South America, probably originated in Paraguay. The plant is an avid climber (vine) which grows on anything that it can grab through its tendrils.
Botanically, this exotic fruit belongs to the family of Passifloraceae, in the genus; Passiflora. Scientific name: Passiflora edulis.
The passiflora plant requires well-drained fertile soil, and good moisture to flourish. It grows quickly and reaches about 15-20 feet per annum once established. Its average life span is about 5-7 years.
Over five hundred cultivate types of passions exist; however, only two main types, purple and yellow cultivars, are widely cultivated. During each season, the vine bears greenish-white fragrant flowers which subsequently develop into fruits.
The passion fruit features round to oval shape, 4 to 8 centimeters in diameter, have a tough outer shell (rind) as that in mangosteen. Average weight is about 35-50 g.
Inside, the fruit consists of membranous sacs containing light orange-color, pulpy juice with numerous small, hard, dark-brown or black, pitted seeds. Yellow passions are generally larger than the purple varieties, but the pulp of the purple fruit is less acid, richer in aroma and flavor, and has a higher proportion of juicy pulp.
Health benefits of passion fruit