Also known as banana passion fruit, this member of the Passiflora family is rich in aroma and distinctively sweet and sour in taste. Curubas are smooth and yellow on the outside, with orange flesh and black edible seeds on the inside. It is commonly used in desserts, juices and sorbets.
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How to store
- 4 - 7ºc
Research into the health benefits of this fruit is currently being carried out in the following areas:
Protection of the nervous system
A HIGH SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
One serving (100 grams) of curuba provides 117% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for skin, bones, and connective tissue, plus it increases iron absorption.
A HIGH SOURCE OF VITAMIN A
Half a cup of curuba provides 34% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Besides helping you see in the dark, vitamin A stimulates the production of white blood cells, helps bone turnover, and regulates cell growth.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
One serving (100 grams) of curuba provides 3% of the recommended daily intake of potassium. This mineral helps nerves and muscles communicate, it allows nutrients to flow into cells, and it helps remove waste from cells. A diet rich in potassium helps counteract some of the harmful effects of sodium in blood pressure.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF PHOSPHORUS
Half a cup of curuba provides 2% of the recommended daily intake of phosphorus. This mineral is a major component of bone and teeth and it is crucial for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. Phosphorus also helps the body to produce ATP, for energy production, and it plays a key role in the way the body uses carbohydrates and fats.
In Spanish, the banana passion fruit, or curuba, is also known as taxo, granadilla cimarrona, tumbo, parcha, tintin, poroksa and banana poka. It is a pre-Columbian fruit; many references to it exist in Incan iconography. Spanish Evangelizers referred to it as “passion flower” because it reminded them of the passion of Christ. It is believed to have originated in the Andean Mountain Range. In Colombia it is found mainly in the Cordillera Oriental (East Andes), specifically in the states of Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Cauca and Nariño. Did you know that the flowers of the curuba are hermaphrodites and have no scent? The petals have the shape of a lily and are a deep mauve color. Banana passion fruit can be a good antispasmodic, diuretic, diaphoretic and can be used for high blood pressure and fever. Some people use it for anxiety, while others cook the leaves to relieve headaches and to help with kidney and liver problems. The skin has mild sedative properties and it is used to relieve stress and help regulate body weight.
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