Passion fruit season
Passion fruit (or maracuja) is the fruit of the Passiflora edulis, a plant in the Passiflora family originally from South America. The fruit is found in shops all year round.
Nutritional value of passion fruit
Passion fruit is low in calories (50 kilocalories per 100 grammes) but quite high in carbohydrates (13%) and mineral salts (potassium). It is therefore an excellent source of vitamins (vitamins C and A) and an original fruit.
Passion fruit varieties
There are several hundred varieties of passion fruit, not all of which are edible. The edible varieties can be identified by the colour of their skin and the size of the fruit:
- the Perfecta passion fruit is a large purple fruit;
- the Brazilian Golden passion fruit is a yellow fruit.
Passion fruit facts
Depending on when it is purchased (when the fruit's skin is smooth, it is not ripe, while when the fruit's skin is wrinkled, it is ripe), it can be kept in a cool place or in a fruit basket at room temperature for several days.
Originally, the plant was also used for medicinal purposes.
Passion fruit, originally from South America, is now eaten all around the world. © Wikimedia Commons