PASSION FRUIT


Long list of health benefits commonly attributed to passion fruit is due to the nutrient, mineral & vitamin content of the fruit, which includes antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, fiber & protein.

Passion fruit is a powerful source of anti-carcinogenic activity in the body.
Antioxidants in passion fruit primarily eliminate free radicals, which are known for mutating the DNA of healthy cells into cancerous ones.
Aside from its cancer-protective qualities,particularly oral & lung cancers, vitamin A in passion fruit is also linked to improvements in eye health, including the prevention of macular degeneration, cataracts & night blindness.

Passion fruits are a very strong source of fiber & a single serving provides the human body with approximately 98% of its daily requirement.
Fiber is an essential component of a health diet, since it is the substance that facilitates healthy digestion of food & the regulation of bowel movements.
Passion fruit is a good source of soluble fiber, both in the pulp & in the rind, which acts as a bulk laxative, moving food through the digestive tract & reducing exposure time of the colon to any toxins.
It can reduce signs of constipation by regulating bowel movements, scrubs the blood vessels clean of excess cholesterol & even prevent gastrointestinal conditions like colorectal cancer.
Passion fruit seeds are rich in insoluble dietary fiber which helps promote regular bowel movement, intestinal health prevent constipation hemorrhoids.
It also helps transport toxins out of the body.

Passion fruit seeds may offer significant cardiovascular benefits.
Passion fruit relaxes the tension of blood vessels & promotes increased blood flow,reducing the strain on the heart & increasing overall cardiovascular health.

Since passion fruit is such a rich source of minerals like iron, copper, magnesium & phosphorus, it is a very important fruit for increasing mineral bone density & bone strength,eliminating, preventing or alleviating the symptoms of osteoporosis & the associated pain & inflammation that occurs when bones deteriorate with age & activity.

Passion fruit can reduce restlessness, insomnia, sleeplessness & nervous anxiety which can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Purple passion fruit peel has an expectorant, sedative & soothing effect on the respiratory system,reducing asthma attacks, wheezing & whooping cough.
Passion fruit is very efficient in relieving headaches, anxiety, insomnia muscle tension.
The fruit juice is also used as a natural remedy to calm hyperactive children, as well as for cough, bronchitis .
Passion fruit juice is used for urinary infections & as a mild diuretic.

Passion fruit is used for the overall enhancement of health & it is also extremely beneficial for those who are in a quest for weight reduction methods.

PRECAUTIONS:

Most of the calories of this fruit do come from sugars, so people with diabetes should be careful to not eat it excessively, or at least be aware of your blood sugar levels.


RECIPES:

Enjoy passion fruit on  their own, on yogurt or ice cream.
The fruit can be used in fruit salads, sherbets, ice cream, jams, cool drinks & as concentrates.
Mix it with orange juice.
Passion fruits make the delicious fruit curd to eat on fresh bread, muffins or pancakes.

Raspberry & Passion Fruit Cheesecake Dessert



100 g shortbread biscuits
200 g condensed milk
250 g mascarpone cheese
1 lemon,juice
200 g raspberries
1 passion fruit
Press the biscuits on to the bottom of the serving glasses.
Beat together the condensed milk & cheese until smooth.Add lemon juice.
Spread half of the cream onto the biscuits.
Spoon over the raspberries & top with the remaining cream.
Decorate with some raspberries & passion fruit pulp.
Chill before serving.

Chocolate & Passion Fruit Roulade with Bananas



175g dark chocolate
5 eggs
125 g sugar
4 passion fruits,halved & scooped out
200 ml fresh cream
2 bananas
Preheat the oven 180C.
Grease & line a swiss roll tin with greaseproof paper,then grease the paper.
Melt the chocolate in the small bowl.How to melt chocolate
Beat together the egg yolks & sugar until pale yellow.
Fold in the melted chocolate.
Whisk the egg whites with pinch of salt until peaking but not stiff.
Fold about quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it,then fold in the rest.
Spread the mixture over the tin.
Bake in the oven about 20 min,then invert the roulade on to a sheet of the greaseproof paper sprinkled with caster sugar & peel away the the lining paper.Cover & cool.
Spread the whipped cream over the roulade.Cover with banana slices & spoon over the passion fruit pulp.
Roll up the roulade,using the paper.
Serve with raspberry coulis.
I must say,i so adore passion fruits...

Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse (Maracuja)

8 passion fruits
10 g white sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
475 ml cream
Break passion fruits in half & empty contents into a bowl.Use a little water to help rinse the juice out of the skins. Mix with hands to soften pulp. Strain through a sieve. Stir in sugar & sweetened condensed milk.
In a chilled bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. 
Fold 1/3 of the cream into the passion fruit mixture, then quickly fold in remaining cream until no streaks remain. 
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Creme de leite: 
250 ml of milk
2 egg yolks
125 g of sugar
3 whole cloves
Dissolve sugar well in milk. 
Beat egg yolks slightly & add to milk & sugar mixture. 
Strain the mixture & cook over low heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until it starts to simmer. DO NOT let it boil, it will curdle on you! 
Simmer until the cream thickens,never stop stirring.
Refrigerate. 
To serve, put a couple of spoonfuls of mousse on a plate & spoon the creme de leite on top. 
Use the cloves to decorate the plates. 

BEAUTY:

The high antioxidant content of passion fruit is helpful in reducing wrinkles & vitamin A specifically functions to boost the health & richness of the skin & promotes the proper functioning of membranes throughout the body, including the skin, to keep it hydrated & glowing.

MAGIC:

Passion Fruit is used for securing friendship & winning love.

Drink juice for peace.



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