Yellow Passion Fruit
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What is yellow passion fruit?
Yellow passion fruit flowers usually have white petals with purple corona but aren’t self-pollinated like purple passion fruit. The vining plant can grow up to 35 to 40 feet in length and is typically grown in tropical and subtropical regions. Therefore, in the US, the plants are grown popularly in California, Florida, and Hawaii. It produces small spherical or sometimes ovoid-shaped fruits with yellow skin.
The yellow passion fruit is typically compared to its counterpart purple passion fruit. Both are great little pocket rockets for nutrients that do wonders for your body. The exterior or skin is usually smooth and yellow, while the interior has a yellow gelatinous tart pulp (sometimes sweet) that surrounds black seeds. It is the pulp that is edible and used frequently in beverages and in meals.
What can I use it for/in?
The pulp with seeds can be used in;
- Eaten raw (you can add a sweetener to assist with the tart flavor)
- Fruit salads
- Mocktails or served atop yogurt and ice cream
- Skin health
Where can I buy it?
Sometimes you pass by the fruit and didn’t even realize it! You can get a yellow passion fruit plant for sale at a plant store or the fruit is available at your farmer’s market and supermarkets.
You may even purchase it online. Places with tropical and subtropical climates and widely cultivates yellow passion fruit will more likely find this fruit readily available at their fingertips.
How to eat yellow passion fruit
Ensure that the fruit is washed properly, and don’t worry about wrinkled skin. This means that the fruit may be heading to be overripe or just right in its maturity. Use a knife to slice the fruit into half, which at this point you can use a spoon to scoop out the pulp or start eating from the cut half. Be careful of the rind though! Bon appétit!
Can I eat the raw skin of yellow passion fruit?
No! Passion fruit skin may contain chemicals called cyanogenic glycosides. These can combine with enzymes to form poisonous cyanide-in large amounts this is quite dangerous to your body. Therefore, the fruit’s hard outer skin is generally considered inedible.
Yellow passion fruit is normally yielded about April to November which means, its harvest is even in the winter season.
Unripe passion fruits should be kept at room temperature in order to ripen it. While ripe yellow passion fruits should be kept in the refrigerator for at least a week. You can, however, scoop the pulp out and place it in a zip resealable bag then freeze it in the freezer. This method lasts for about a few weeks.
Yellow Passion Fruit Nutritional Value
Yellow passion fruit is a highly good source for Vitamin A and C. Other nutrients, minerals, and other compounds present are:
- Folate (Vitamin B9)
- Vitamin B2- Riboflavin
- Vitamin B3- Niacin
- Vitamin B6- Pyridoxine
Health Benefits of Yellow Passion Fruit
Now that we know the major components of yellow passion fruit, we can now hop right into what these components do for our body!
Pocket rockets of antioxidants
Antioxidants are known for neutralizing free radicals in your body that may lead to heart diseases and even cancer. Cool right? Yellow passion fruit contains powerful antioxidants like; carotenoids (beta carotene), polyphenols, Vitamin A, and C. These components also have anti-inflammatory properties too!
May improve eye and skin health
Yellow passion fruit has a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), and beta carotene (which converts into Vitamin A).
All these are really good at improving your eye health and may help to prevent eye diseases. Because yellow passion fruit has good levels of Vitamin A, B3, B6, and C it improves your skin and hair by giving it a natural and healthy glow where it also helps in anti-aging. Read More.
May assist with digestion and constipation
According to PubMed Central, soluble fiber helps slow the digestion of your food, which can prevent high blood sugar spikes. One yellow passion fruit contains 2 grams of fiber- which is quite a lot for such a small rounded fruit- which assists with constipation. Research studies show that individuals with dietary fiber in their diet are at a lower risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. Read More.
May prevent anemia
Yellow passion fruit is a good source for iron, where your body consumes it and assist in the production of the oxygen carrier- hemoglobin.
A protein found in red blood cells whose primary function is to carry oxygen from the lungs to tissues and others then transports carbon dioxide (CO2) back to the lungs for exhalation/removal.
By maintaining adequate and healthy red blood cells and oxygen in your blood, helps to prevent anemia from occurring or reoccurring. Read More
May boost the immune system
Vitamin A and C are ideal immune system boosters that help to absorb more iron from plant-based foods and may improve the body’s ability to fight off infections in the body by helping to produce T cells and others. Read More.
Other potential benefits:
- May reduce anxiety.
- It May help to regulate high blood pressure.
- Low glycemic index- food with this doesn’t increase blood sugar level quickly.
- Improves bones and muscles (may prevent osteoporosis).
- Keeps your heart healthy.
Amazing beneficial facts, right? So, what are you waiting for? Try one soon!
Persons may be allergic to the fruit, hence, consult your physician before consuming it. Apart from being allergic, there aren’t many side effects of the fruit.
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