Purple Passion Fruit
Passiflora edulis var.edulis
Less acid, richer in aroma, and with a higher proportion of juice than its relative the maracuyá, the purple passion fruit is often blended with other ingredients to enhance the aroma of the drink.
Retrieved from http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ January 2015
How to eat
How to store
- 7 - 10ºc
Research into the health benefits of this fruit is currently being carried out in the following areas:
Purple Passion Fruit is...
A HIGH SOURCE OF FIBER
A serving (100 grams) of purple passion fruit provides 40% of the recommended daily intake of soluble dietary fiber. Dietary fiber helps lower bad cholesterol, improves digestion, and helps maintain bowel health. The recommended intake of fiber per day is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.
A HIGH SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
Half a cup of purple passion fruit provides 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps support the immune system; it also helps with wound healing, the production of collagen, and it increases the amount of iron that the body can absorb from plants. Purple passion fruit is also rich in antioxidants (flavonoids), which help our bodies fight toxins and free radicals.
A HIGH SOURCE OF VITAMIN A
Half a cup of purple passion fruit provides 25% 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 GOOD SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
One serving (100 grams) of purple passion fruit provides 10% of the recommended daily intake of potassium. Potassium is essential for nerve and muscle activity, it also helps waste move out of the cells and lets nutrients in. A diet rich in potassium helps lower blood pressure and may offset some of sodium’s negative effects.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF IRON
A serving of purple passion fruit (100 grams) provides 9% of the recommended daily intake of iron. Iron is needed for the production of hemoglobin, and it also helps build healthy muscles.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF PHOSPHORUS
Half a cup of purple passion fruit provides 7% 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.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF MAGNESIUM
A serving (100 grams) of purple passion fruit provides 7% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium. This powerful mineral regulates mineral balance in our body, and helps with energy production and enzyme activity.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF VITAMIN B6
A serving of purple passion fruit (100 grams) provides 5% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B6. This vitamin is essential in the process of making serotonin and norepinephrine, which are related to mood. It also acts as an enzyme in the breakdown and use of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
In Spanish, the purple passion fruit or gulupa, is also known as maracuyá púrpura, maracujá, chulupa, granadilla china, ceibei, granadilla morada and cholupa. It is a species that is well adapted to subtropical climates and as such it can withstand low temperatures without suffering badly. It is believed to have originated in the south of Brazil, Paraguay and Northern Argentina. In Colombia it is found in the regions of Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Nariño and Cauca, at altitudes ranging from 4,900 to 8,200 feet above sea level, and temperatures between 15 y 20ºC. Did you know that purple passion fruit extract has been studied given its possible effects in reducing cancer cell growth? This is due to its high levels of carotenoids and polyphenols. The pulp is used to make juice; the alkaloids found in this drink are said to lower blood pressure, and may have an antispasmodic, and sedative effect.
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