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Passion Fruit

Why Eat It
Nutrition Chart


Why Eat It

An egg shaped tropical fruit that is also called a purple granadilla, the passion fruit has a brittle, wrinkled purple-brown rind enclosing flesh-covered seeds, something like a pomegranate (granadilla means "little pomegranate" in Spanish). The seeds are edible so you can eat the orange pulp straight from the shell. Passion fruit is more commonly sieved and its highly aromatic pulp and juice are used as a flavoring for beverages and sauces.

Native to Brazil, passion fruits are grown in Hawaii, Florida, and California. These crops, along with imports from New Zealand keep passion fruit on the market all year. Choose large, heavy fruits. If the skin is not deeply wrinkled, keep the fruit at room temperature until it is; the leathery rind, however, will not soften much. Ripe passion fruit can be refrigerated for a few days.

Nutrition Chart

Passion Fruit/6 fresh

105
Total fat (g)
0.8
Saturated fat (g)
0.1
Monounsaturated fat (g)
0.1
Polyunsaturated fat (g)
0.5
Dietary fiber (g)
11
2
Carbohydrate (g)
25
Cholesterol (mg)
0
Sodium (mg)
30
Vitamin C (mg)
32
Potasium (mg)
376


Date Published: 04/20/2005
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