Passion fruit is a delicious but slightly sour fruit, and I one that I don’t eat all that often, however, I was curious about their health & nutritional benefits.
So I looked at how its beneficial nutrients compared to the recommended daily intakes and here’s what I wanted to share with you.
If you were guessing you might think that passion fruit is related to eggplant, or possibly oversized grape since it grows on a vine.
But, how does it compare to other fruits, are there any drawbacks to eating passion fruit, can you eat passion fruit every day, and does passion fruit make you poop.
I’ll cover these and other questions below
Is Passion Fruit a Superfood?
Certain fruits and vegetables contain higher than normal amounts of beneficial nutrients.
So, is passion fruit considered a superfood?
Some fruits that are considered superfoods are:
- Acai berries
Different people create different lists of fruits that they consider superfoods.
From medical professionals to researchers. However, passionfruit doesn’t make any of their lists.
What Are the Side Effects of Passion Fruit?
Certain types of natural berries can be extremely poisonous.
And passionfruit has an appearance like it might be bad for you.
But, are there side effects to eating passion fruit?
It’s recommended you consume 4 servings of fruit per day. And passion fruit is a delicious way to go about consuming a good amount of fruit.
It has the bonus of already having a sauce-like consistency. Therefore, you can use it as a topping, or in smoothies very easily.
Allergies to passion fruit
There is a small percentage of the population who are allergic to passion fruit.
If you’re allergic to passion fruit you will typically get an upset stomach, nausea, and/or a headache when you eat passion fruit.
Interestingly, people who are allergic to passion fruit are typically also allergic to latex.
Can You Eat Passion Fruit Everyday?
When passion fruit is in season it seems like I have a tonne of passion fruit so I’ve been eating a lot.
But, is it OK to eat passion fruit everyday?
There is only about 1 to 2 tablespoons of passion fruit pulp inside a passion fruit.
Therefore, you can eat quite a few before it equals the same amount as another type of fruit such as an apple or a banana.
Does Passion Fruit Make You Poop?
Certain foods are better than others for your digestion.
For example, it’s generally considered true that vegetable juice is great for constipation.
However, does passion fruit make you poop?
It’s known that over 2000 mg of vitamin C per day can have a laxative effect.
The average passion fruit, though, has about 30 mg of vitamin C.
Therefore, you would need to eat approximately 70 passion fruit to where it would make you poop.
Should you eat passion fruit seeds?
You don’t normally eat the seeds of most fruits such as apples and oranges.
However, the seeds of passion fruit are a bit different so I wanted to know whether you should eat them or not.
It’s also possible to strain the passionfruit pulp through a sieve to get a very sweet and concentrated passion fruit juice.
A passion fruit plant also has beautiful flowers, and the flowers are edible in some varieties.
So it’s worth keeping a few seeds around to grow your own.
Which passion fruit is the best?
I’ve seen a few different kinds of passion fruit, yellow ones, and purple ones.
So, I was interested to know which passionfruit variety is the best.
Also, yellow varieties are typically hardier than purple varieties and are better suited to more varied weather.
As a whole though, various varieties of passion fruit can grow in virtually any climate.
There are also many unusual varieties such as banana passionfruit which has a long shape with rounded ends like a banana.
How much passion fruit should I eat a day?
Passion fruit is delicious and it’s easy to just keep popping them open and devouring the pulp in one mouthful.
But, how many should you eat in a day?
Each passion fruit contains around 30g of pulp or about 2 tablespoons. So one cup of passionfruit would be around 8 passion fruit. It’s perfectly fine to eat more or less.
But, it’s generally not a good idea to eat only one type of food for longer than about a week. It can be common for people to go on a fruit fast where they only eat one type of fruit for an extended period of time to cleanse their system.
But, generally, it’s best to eat a varied diet of 4 servings of different kinds of fruit each day.
How do you know when passion fruit is ripe?
The passion fruit pulp is hidden behind a tough shell. So, it’s difficult to know when it’s ripe or not.
So, I asked around people who have passion fruit vines to find out how to know when passion fruit is ripe.
The same is true of a purple passion fruit, which will turn almost black as the purple begins to deepen.
Some people are of the opinion that passion fruit will fall off the vine when it’s completely ripe. Whereas others say you should pick it off the vine and that it will continue to ripen.
In my opinion, it does vary based on the variety but as long as you see some wrinkling of the skin you can guarantee it’s very ripe.
Then you can base early or late you pick them based on how sweet or sour you like them.
How long does it take for a passion fruit vine to produce fruit?
I was thinking about putting in some passion fruit vines. I know most fruit trees take at least a year or two to start fruiting.
So, how long does a passion fruit vine take to start bearing fruit?
However, they are a vine, and effectively start to take over once they get established. They will continue to run along a trellis and produce more and more fruit.
As you may know, it can also be good to plant a few different varieties and save the seeds of the best ones for any additional plants you may want.
They can also be grown in pots, however, it will limit how big they grow.
I’m Chris Watson & the Founder of EatForLonger.com. I’m a food and wellbeing enthusiast researching and sharing foodstuffs and simple food-based concepts, such as fasting and clean eating.
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