Pleasantly sweet and tart, passion fruit, also known asgranadilla , 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. Passion fruit is a member of the of Passiflora and grows on a climbing-plant. Passion fruit is planted over Vietnam. There are a number of varieties of passion fruit, some are sweeter than others, some are the size of a egg and some are three times as large.
The plant is a avid climber (vine) which grows on anything that it can grapple around through its tendrils.
Botanically, this exotic fruit belongs to the family of Passifloraceae, in the genus; Passiflora.
Health benefits of passion fruit:
- Passion fruit is good in vitamin C, providing about 30 mg per 100 g. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against flu-like infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
- The fruit carry very good levels ofvitamin-A (provides about 1274 IU per 100 g), and flavonoid antioxidants such as ß-carotene and cryptoxanthin-ß. Current research studies suggest that these compounds have antioxidant properties, and along with vitamin A are essential for good eye-sight.