Passion fruit is a fruit of South American origin whose common name can have many variations. However, its Latin name Passiflora edulis will identify it anywhere you are. This interesting plant was so named by the early Jesuits who found it because the flower reminded them of various elements of the Passion of Christ. I hope you get a chance to see its interesting floral structure even in a photograph. At the moment it is the fruit that comes from this flower that we use, as it can be a fun and nutritious accessory in your cooking.
The Passion fruit, externally, slightly resembles a small tangerine, but its interior is very different as there are clusters of seeds covered by a somewhat viscous pulp, dark in colour like a pomegranate, hence perhaps in some places they call it “granadilla” (literally "big pomegranate" in Spanish). It is the inside that is normally consumed, and this fruit is known for its vitamin C that contains up to as much as 30mg per 100g of fruit consumed. Remember that vitamin C is a good antioxidant and one of the most important vitamins to fight seasonal colds. It also provides vitamin A that helps keep our skin in good condition. Passion fruit also provides important micronutrients such as iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus. Fresh, it is delicious but try consuming it when it is slightly more mature because when the fruit is young it contains a slight toxin that causes drowsiness, like many other fruits in nature.
(makes just over 10 servings)
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