Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Passion Fruit
Day 17

A Different Fruit A Day Personal Health Challenge

Passion fruits are a vigorous, climbing vine - Sweet yet tangy.

The passion fruit is a vigorous, climbing vine that clings by tendrils to almost any support. It can grow 15 to 20 ft. per year once established and must have strong support. It is generally short-lived (5 to 7 years).

When Oma opened her passion fruit, she was pretty disappointed. The inside of the tough outer shell was almost empty. This would help explain the low 17 calories per fruit. Nevertheless the contents were surprisingly pleasing; both sweet yet tangy.

While purple passion fruit is high in vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin B2 and copper; yellow passion fruit generally has a higher nutritional value and contains alpha-carotene. The pulp of the purple is less acid, richer in aroma and flavor, and has a higher proportion of juice (35-38%).

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