It’s been years since I’ve eaten passion fruit, and today we bought some at the supermarket. Yellow Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) is also known as Golden Passion Fruit; it has a round to oval shape, and has a tough, smooth, and glossy outer shell. I understand that the Passion Fruit can grow to the size of a grapefruit, and can be either purple-brown or bright yellow in colour. However, despite the difference in colour, both types of Passion Fruits taste the same.
I read that Yellow Passion Fruits are generally larger than the purple varieties, but the pulp of the purple fruit is less acidic, richer in aroma and flavor, and has a higher proportion of juicy pulp. I have never seen the purple-brown types.The Passion Fruit is the edible fruit of the Passion Fruit Vine; and although the flowers are fragrant, parts of the plant are poisonous, if ingested. The fruit itself consist of a membranous sac that contains a jelly-like pulp and light orange-color juice with numerous small, hard, dark-brown or black seeds. In Jamaica, we immerse the pulp in water, and then use our fingers to remove the seeds from it. While doing this, the pulp combined with the water makes a delicious juice. This juice is strained to remove the seeds and diluted pulp, and then sweetened to make a refreshing Passion Fruit drink.
Passion Fruits are also used to make ice creams, jams, jellies, yogurts, and other deserts. And despite its tangy taste, I sometimes enjoy eating the seeds as is. Passion Fruits are a good source of antioxidants, Vitamins A and C, and dietary fiber. These fruits are also very rich in potassium, and contain minerals such as iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus.I read here that the Passion Fruit is also used in traditional medicine. It is considered effective to expel worms, kill bacteria, and enhance the libido. Its natural chemicals are used to lower blood pressure, control muscle spasms, and treat asthma.
The fruit and leaves of the Passion Fruit vine are known to be used as a sedative . . . helping to induce sleep and to calm nervousness, or other mood disorders. Research has also suggested that passion fruit extracts may kill cancer cells in developing fetuses.