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Yellow Passion Fruit: Amazing Benefits Plus 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.

 However it is cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions including South America, the Caribbean, South Africa, and Asia.

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

However, Yellow passion fruites are bigger and more juicy than the purple variety.

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

There is growing  interest in its possible health benefits. That’s because Passiflora has been used for medicinal purposes for a long time.

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. But you can also enjoy amazing passion fruit 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 Tea

You can also enjoy the benefits of Yellow passion fruit by making your own Passion fruit iced tea at home. You will need just 4 ingredients.

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.

Jamaica Sweep Cup

Columbia  Maracuya

Venezuela Parcha Amarilla

Hawaii  Lilikoi

South Africa  Granadilla

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.

Passion Fruit Side Effects

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

Some people have reported excessive drowsiness with continuous use of passionfruit. 

People who take blood thinners should exercise caution about drug interaction because of the presence of Vitamin k in the fruit.

Pregnant women should also exercise caution when Passion fruit products and there is limited data available regarding their safety. 

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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