10-06-2020 di redazione
The passion fruit is also called Maracuja and is the fruit of the Passiflora Edulis, a tropical climbing plant belonging to the Passifloraceae family.
One might think that its name evokes aphrodisiac properties, in fact it originates from the flowers of the plant, whose corolla would somehow recall the image of the crown of thorns worn by Christ during his crucifixion.
There are two main varieties of passion, whose fruits differ in size and skin colour, which can be yellow or purple. If the passion fruit has a smooth, leathery skin at the time of purchase, it means that it is not fully ripe and that its flesh is quite acidic. When they are ripe and therefore sweeter, these fruits are less beautiful to look at and have a rather wrinkled and crumpled surface, but contain a juicier and sweeter flesh.
More than for the fruit itself, passion is known for the juice obtained from its pulp, which when added to cocktails or other drinks characterizes its taste and flavour in an unmistakable way.
The fresh fruit is useful for the preparation of jams, creams, mousses, sorbets, sauces and desserts.
Abundant, gelatinous and fragrant, the passion fruit pulp is mainly composed of water and represents a good source of beta-carotene and dietary fibre; it also contains a fair share of other nutrients, including iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, vitamin A and Omega 6.
Passion fruit is particularly digestible. It is also very rich in pectin, a soluble dietary fibre, contained in large quantities even in apples and pears, which promotes intestinal regularity. It therefore helps to fight constipation and preserve the colon. Thanks to its characteristics it is useful in the prevention of colitis; moreover, it can bring some benefits to those who suffer from gastritis. The pectin contained in passion fruit forms in the stomach a substance similar to gelatin that satiates and delays the absorption of carbohydrates; it also has a beneficial effect on the metabolisation of fats and the accumulation of cholesterol.
It is a fruit rich in vitamins and useful in fighting cellulite, as it helps to counteract water retention.
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