Flavors, like fashion, can be trendy and right now the hottest trending flavor is passionfruit.
The intense and aromatic flavor - a little goes a long way - can now be found in ice teas, baked goods, yogurt and smoothies, to name but a few categories.
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As a registered dietician, Donna uses progressive nutritional science to achieve good health through a flavorful lifestyle.
Great for vitamin C
iron available in the fruit.
Passionfruit's juicy pulp is a great source of vitamin C.
And here's another juicy tidbit: having such a high level of vitamin C enhances the absorption of the
Also vitamin A
Passionfruit's juicy pulp is also a great source of vitamin A. Both A and C are valuable antioxidants helping to quell inflammation, a known trigger for many chronic health problems.
A one stop healthy choice
But in addition to these well-known vitamins, flavonoids, a potent category of antioxidants, are also widely available in the form of carotene and cryptoxanthin.
Rounding out the nutritional profile are minerals such as copper, phosphorous and iron, making passionfruit a one-stop healthful choice.
What about the seeds?
Passionfruit seeds, soft yet crunchy, also offer a lot, so please do not toss!
Passionfruit seeds are loaded with piceatannol and scirpusin B, polyphenolic compounds that have strong antioxidant activity.
The polyphenols found in passion fruit seeds contribute to vasorelaxation, a widening of blood vessels resulting from the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the blood vessel walls. This widening of blood vessels leads to a decrease in vascular pressure, helping to promote a healthy cardiovascular system.
Great source of fiber
Those little seeds of goodness are also rich in insoluble dietary fiber. Insoluble fiber is an effective ingredient for promoting intestinal function to include regular bowel movements and prevention of hemorrhoids and constipation.
Scooping both the pulp and seeds is the optimal way to capture all the nutritional goodness passionfruit packs its brightly colored shell.
Living up to its name, passionfruit
Passionfruit has a sweet-tart exotic flavor on the inside. Outside the color ranges from purple to reddish-purple to reddish-green.
These tennis-ball size bundles of flavor and nutrition live up to their name.