The color of fresh passion fruit varies widely, but is commonly yellow and dark purple, with an interior meat that is a juicy and full of seeds. In some cities, like Miami, it is not common to find it fresh, but you can easily find it in any market’s freezer section. Don’t worry, though, the benefits are still there!

An excellent source of dietary fiber that helps remove cholesterol from the body, passion fruit also helps protect the colon’s mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time to toxic substances and wiping off cancer-causing toxins from the colon wall.

In addition, passion fruit contains a high amount of iron and is a good source of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb the iron and develop resistance against flu-like infections, perfect for this flu season. This fruit also has a good level of vitamin A (essential for good eye sight) and a high potassium content with almost no sodium, making passion fruit highly effective in protecting the body from high blood pressure. Furthermore, granadilla, as it’s also called, is a great source of copper, magnesium and phosphorus. Interestingly, it has been found to relax the nervous system and induce sleep, as it helps the whole body relax and feel calm.

Passion fruit is a delicious fruit with a surprising number of health and nutritional benefits that can easily be added to anyone’s diet, whether it’s an ingredient added to juices or desserts.

Now you know why it’s so easy to “FALL for Passion.” So, grab a blender and make a delicious smoothie like this one!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 passion fruits (or equivalent frozen)
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1 small mango(can be frozen)
  • 300 mlg orange juice

Preparation

How to prepare

  • Scoop the pulp of the passion fruits into a blender and add the banana, mango and orange juice. Purée until smooth and drink immediately, topped with ice cubes if desire.

Enjoy this refreshing and nutritious drink!

By Carolina Portes