Passion fruit, also referred to as granadilla, or maracuya in Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela, is a delicious fruit with a complex flavor profile of acidity, sweetness and tartness. It originally hails from the subtropical jungles of South America, but is now harvested in many tropical regions around the world, in several hundred different genetic variations. It makes for incredible juices, as well as a compliment to many fresh fruit bowls, jams, pastries and sauces for white meats and fish.
The health benefits of passion fruit are numerous. It is very high in vitamin C, which helps to enhance the immune system and decrease inflammation. It is also high in vitamin A, certain flavonoids, and beta-carotene (a so-called “precursor” of vitamin A), that are known to promote good eyesight.
Passion fruit is also a great source of several important minerals, such as iron and phosphorous, as well as potassium, which has been connected to lowering blood pressure. Passion fruit is very high in dietary fiber, which aids digestion, and contains several potentially cancer-inhibiting antioxidants. The peel of yellow passion fruit has even been connected to decreasing insulin resistance, a primary risk factor of type 2 diabetes.
References and Further Reading
For a more in-depth look at some of passion fruit’s health benefits:
A 2012 study showed that flour made from the peel of yellow passion fruit can potentially reduce insulin resistance, likely due to the presence of Pectin:
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