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Yellow Passion Fruit: Amazing Benefits And It’s Side Effects

Yellow passion fruit is one variety of Passiflora edulis which is a genus of PasifloraThis species of passion flower is native to Brazil.

Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa O. Deg  is the biological name for the perennial climbing vine commonly known as passion fruit vine.

Passionfruit is cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions of South America, the Caribbean, South Africa, and Asia.

There are at least seven varieties of Passiflora edulis. However, Yellow passion fruit and its relative Purple passion fruit are the two varieties that are grown commercially. 

The Yellow passion produce bigger and more juicy than the purple variety.

Is Yellow Passion Fruit Edible?

The plant blooms a single white and purple flower. Then the vine  produces the yellow passion fruit which is edible. The fruit starts our green but turns to a bright yellow as it matures.

The skin is like a hard thick yellow shell. The skin can be crushed and used in powdered form. However, it is the pulp and dried flowers of the plant that are commonly consumed.

 The inside is filled with a yellow juicy pulp that covers dark brown seeds. Passion fruit is biologically a berry.

What does passion fruit taste like? Yellow Passion fruit pulp has a sweet, slightly tart, musky taste. The taste reminds me of some varieties of Guava. 

Dried passion flowers and leaves are brewed to make herbal tea. However, you can also enjoy amazing passion fruit iced tea on a hot Summer day.

How to Eat Passion Fruit

Now you may be wondering how to eat a passion fruit. The first step is to want the fruit and cut it in two.

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Then use a spoon to scoop out the gel-like inside.  The gel and seeds can be sprinkled on yogurt and salads and enjoyed. 

 And you can make a puree’ (both the gel and seeds can be used).

The puree can be used as a base for  smoothies, sauces, jams or pie fillings and passion fruit ice cream.

You can also add water to the pulp and squeeze it through a piece of cheesecloth to extract the juice. The add some more water, sweeten to taste and serve over ice.

Because the fruit is tart, it is a great ingredient for cocktails. 

Passion Fruit Iced Tea

You will need just 4 ingredients to make passion fruit iced tea.

4 cups of hot water

14 oz of passion fruit pulp 

2 tsps of black tea or 1 teabag

2 tsps lime juice

  • Thaw frozen pulp
  • Brew tea for about 3 minutes 
  • Strain and set to cool
  • Add melted fruit pulp to tea
  • Add 4 cups of cold water
  • Add lime juice
  • Stir well to combine the flavors
  • Sweeten and serve of ice

Tips: (Pulp is available in the freezer section of your local grocery store or online). You may want to squeeze passionfruit pulp through a strainer if there are seeds.

Another Name For Yellow Passion Fruit

Although it is commonly known as passion fruit, there are other names for passionfruit.  These other names vary by location. These are a five other names for Yellow Passion fruit by location.

LocationLocal Yellow Passion Fruit Name
JamaicaJamaican Sweet Cup
ColumbiaMaracuya
VenezueaParcha Amarilla
HawaiiLilikoi
South AfricaGranadilla

Yellow Passion Fruit Benefits

What is Passion Fruit Good For?  Yellow Passion fruit is loaded with health benefits.

For example it is rich in Vitamin A and C, E and K. In addition it has Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B9.

Vitamin C. This is an antioxidant that is great for boosting the body’s immune system.  

Vitamin C is great for improving the appearance of the skin. And it helps with the absorption of iron which is also a nutrient found in passion fruit.

Iron. The body needs iron to produce red blood cells and stave off anemia. One serving of Passion fruit has 1.6% – 3.6% of the Iron your body needs every day.

Fiber. Yellow Passion fruit is a great source of Fiber. Fiber rich foods aid with digestion and prevent constipation. 

Magnesium. A High amount of Magnesium is in Passionfruit deficiency has been linked to anxiety. Passion fruit tea may help you relax.

Potassium. There is approximately 63 mg of potassium in the average Yellow Passionfruit.  Potassium helps lower blood pressure. 

According to Harvard Medical.Edu Potassium lowers blood pressure by relaxing the walls of blood vessels.

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Passion Fruit Side Effects

  • Some people have reported excessive drowsiness with continuous use of passionfruit products. 
  • People who take blood thinners should exercise caution about drug interaction because of the presence of Vitamin k in the fruit.
  • Pregnant women should exercise caution when Passion fruit products as there is limited data available regarding its safety during pregnancy. 

Unripe Passion fruit has high levels of a compound called cyanogenic glycoside. This compound occurs naturally in a number of foods. Consuming excessive amounts of cyanogenic glycoside can lead to cyanide poisoning. 

However, as passionfruit ripens the amount of cyanogenic glycoside decreases. Therefore, ripe passion fruit is safe to eat.

Conclusion

Yellow passion fruit is a delicous tropical with the taste to match. The fruit in now available in many places around the globe.

Passion fruit can be eaten raw as well as combined with other foods and beverages. The Passionfruit flower has been used for herbal tea over many years. It is taken to improve sleep.

In addition there are a number of health benefits that come from consuming Passion fruit.

Passion fruit pulp and nectar is available at many grocery stores. You may also purchase whole passionfruits online. So go ahead and enjoy a taste of the tropics.

Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only. Nothing stated on the site should be viewed as medical advice. Please speak with your professional Healthcare provider about matters related to your medical care.

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