WHAT IS PASSIONFRUIT?
In the last few years this tiny tropical fruit has rapidly grown in popularity. It comes in three types, purple, yellow or giant. The purple variety is native to Central and South America, while the yellow varietal favors a more tropical climate. Also known as liliko’i, maracuya or granadilla this fruit of the Passiflora vine has a tough outer skin and juicy interior. Anywhere from 1 to 3 inches wide (2.5 cm to 7.6 cm), it’s filled with edible seeds much like a pomegranate.
WHY ARE PASSIONFRUIT GOOD FOR YOU?
This fruit is rich in vitamins A, B and C, minerals magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and niacin. However some people who are already allergic to latex can have reactions to this fruit as well. Also in purple varieties the skin can be potentially poisonous in large amounts.
WHEN ARE PASSIONFRUIT IN SEASON?
They are an early summer through early winter harvest. Furthermore thanks to global trade, each hemisphere exports to the other when this fruit is in season.
HOW SHOULD PASSIONFRUIT BE STORED?
When ripe the skin is slightly wrinkled and almost looks past its prime. Younger fruits with smooth skin can be left out at room temperature for a week to mature. Use a paper or plastic bag to accelerate the ripening process.
DOES PASSIONFRUIT HELP WITH SLEEPING?
Passionfruit is rich in the alkaloid harman which is a natural sleeping aid. It does this by naturally lowering blood pressure and acting as an anti-spasmodic.