Passion fruit

Passion fruit

In Thailand this fruit is of two kinds. Often can be found fruit Golden color the size of a grapefruit, but the fruit is purple-violet color, which is slightly smaller in size, about the size of a lemon. Yellow passion fruit larger than purple, but the pulp of the purple fruit has a sweeter, more intense flavor, and overall taste – richer. In addition, the purple peel is thinner and that means a juicy pulp. The passion fruit plant is a vine that can grow wherever it can to cling to his mustache. The plant grows very quickly and can reach lengths of 10 meters. Passion fruit blooms single flowers, whose diameter is about three centimeters. Each flower is five petals, five stamens and five sepals. The ripening of the fruit after pollination lasts about 80 days. Ripe fruit passion fruit has a sweet-sour aromatic taste.
The birthplace of passion fruit – South America. Today this plant is cultivated in many countries with tropical and subtropical climate: Paraguay, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Haiti, Israel, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa and, of course, in Thailand.
In fruits of passion fruit contains plenty of nutrients. The pulp is 40% juice. The share of carbohydrates is 20%, protein 3%, mineral substances – 4,2%, organic acids – 4%, fat – 0,7%. In maracuja lot of phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, chlorine, sulfur, copper, manganese, iodine, fluorine and zinc. Exotic fruit is rich in vitamins C, B1-3, 5-6, 9, N, K, A. Passion fruit improves the digestive system, is a mild laxative. Its fruits excrete uric acid, serve as a good antipyretic, medication, coping well with liver disease and urinary tract. Passion fruit juice, acting relaxing, helps to improve sleep. In the composition maracuja are alpha hydroacids, improves elasticity, and hydrated. skin tone. Therefore, the passion fruit can be seen among the list of components of many cosmetics. In addition to these properties, the fruit has antioxidant. Use passion fruit in large amounts can cause allergies. Avoid seed is a powerful natural sedative.
The passion fruit season in Thailand starts at the end of the rainy season to the autumn and beginning of winter. Its price in Pattaya is around 50 -100 baht per kg. In Thailand, the pulp of passion fruit mainly eat a spoonful raw. In order to get to the flesh, you should carefully cut the rind of the fruit in a circle (to make a deep cut and not cut in half). Then quickly (so as not to allow spill juice) to separate halves. Eat the pulp together with seeds. In cooking, used the passion fruit pulp. It is perfect for cooking the filling in pies, salads and cocktails. Passion fruit - the product is short-lived. When stored in the refrigerator exotic fruit spoils within five days. Frozen passion fruit will retain its flavor for several months.
Cold-pressed from passion fruit have a special oil used in cosmetology. In treatment creams for psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis, in sunscreen formulations, anti-inflammatory prescriptions, moisturizer, as a soothing massage oil, care products for "problem" skin (dry, flaky, with a modified lipid barrier). Thai doctors recommend regularly eat passion fruit to people who have problems with the cardiovascular system, excess weight, liver and urinary tract. Noticed that passion fruit has a laxative, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory action. The seeds of the fruit are assigned as a sleep aid. Passion fruit is the basis for the production of medicines sedation.
Fruit is useful for people living in an active, sporting lifestyle. For those whose slogan is: "Sports is a life - giving thread that weaves the fabric of our healthy bodies." Its benefit is that the pulp has a toning effect and speeds up metabolism. Being a good antioxidant, passion fruit normalizes the acid-alkaline balance of the body, promotes the excretion of free radicals, which in turn boosts the body's immune system.