Passion fruit

Passion fruit

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Pleasantly sweet and tart, passion fruit or granadilla is rich in health benefiting plant nutrients. Botanically this exotic fruit belongs to the family of Passifloraceae, of the genus Passiflora. Scientific name: Passiflora edulis.

Passion fruits grow on vines, and are native to South America. There are purple and yellow varieties, and the fruits vary in size from about the size of a plum to the size of a grapefruit. They have a taut shiny skin when freshly picked, and their skin becomes shriveled and wrinkled as they ripen. Their flavor is very astringent and refreshingly tart when the fruit is fresh. Their flavor becomes sweeter and more complex as the fruit ripens. Some people like to wait until the fruits are overripe and the pulp has an almost fermented taste.

Passion fruits have unique tart, and sweet-flavor and sweet taste. It has a gelatinous seed-filled pulp which can be easily scooped out with a spoon. Purple passion fruits are generally smaller but more flavorful than yellow-golden passions. Inside, the fruit consists of membranous sacs containing light orange-colored, pulpy juice with numerous small, hard, dark-brown or black, pitted seeds. Yellow passions are generally larger than the purple varieties, but the pulp of the purple fruit is less acid, richer in aroma and flavor, and has a higher proportion of juicy pulp.

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