The passion fruit (or maracuja if you want to use the original name used in Portuguese-speaking countries) is a fruit originating from Brazil that has become famous all over the world for its very sweet flavor reminiscent of summer.
Passion fruit: properties and benefits
Passion fruit brings multiple benefits thanks to its different properties.
One of the first properties of passion fruit is the important supply of fiber, its pulp is made up of 27% and has benefits against cholesterol by protecting the mucous membranes of the colon.
Passion fruit is rich in vitamin C (there are about 30 g of vitamins per 100 g of pulp!) and the benefit that is derived from this property is an excellent strengthening of the immune defenses against seasonal illnesses.
The considerable amount of potassium (348 mg in 100 g of pulp) present in passion fruit helps to regulate the cardiovascular system making it a very useful beneficial effect for athletes.
Finally the passion fruit is very rich in vitamin A, an excellent natural antioxidant that protects the mucous membranes of the lungs and oral cavity from cancer.
Passion fruit: how to eat
Originally from Brazil, passion fruit is now known all over the world, including Italy.
It is often used in ice cream or in the preparation of cocktails, but have you ever wondered how to eat it?
The first thing to do when you go to buy the passion fruit is to evaluate the state of ripeness in order to better enjoy all its incredible sweet flavor.
The fruit is ripe when the peel shrivels slightly, a piece of advice I give you to know if you are going to eat a good passion fruit is to shake it to see if the pulp gives off a good smell.
Once you have bought and washed the passion fruit, equip yourself with a teaspoon and extract the pulp, taking care not to scrape the edges, which are composed of a very bitter white part.
Passion fruit can also be eaten as an accompaniment to a second dish based on meat or fish, or in desserts, such as white yogurt.
Passion fruit: cultivation
The passion fruit plant can be obtained by using the fresh seeds that you can obtain directly by extracting them from the fruit.
Our advice to increase the chances of seeing a seedling sprout as much as possible is to rub them lightly until you see some juice come out, wash them thoroughly and let them dry for 4 days. At this point you will have to do another wash and then put them back to dry for 2-3 days, making sure not to place them in full sun but to prefer a shady area.
At this point you can take a pot and fill it with earth, create grooves in the ground at a distance of 5 cm from each other and insert the seeds of the passion fruit, keeping them at least 1 cm apart.
Once the seedlings reach 20 cm in height, decide whether to continue cultivation at home or in the garden, in the second case transplant the seedlings into the ground taking care of them against parasites, in about 1 a year they should give their first fruits. .
Alternatively you can also order the passion fruit seedlings on Amazon by following this link so as to speed up the times.
Understanding if the passion fruit is ripe is very simple because they will fall off the tree by themselves. It will then be important to collect them within 2 days of their fall.
Passion fruit: flower
The passion fruit flower it can be grown both in the apartment and in the garden.
In the apartment it is advisable to place the flower plant in a very bright spot where it can get at least four hours of sun a day, otherwise you risk not seeing it bloom.
My advice is to keep the passion fruit flower inside a room with less than 21 degrees because with higher temperatures it would need strong atmospheric humidity.
During the winter, I suggest you rest the passion fruit flower in an area with low temperatures in order to stop its growth and strengthen it for the following year. During the summer, however, it is important to water the plant abundantly every day without creating stagnant water.
The passion fruit flower should be fertilized during the spring / summer period at least once a week if it is in a small pot, every two if it is in a large pot.
If you want to try to give an exotic sense to your home by growing the passion fruit flower in pots, I recommend purchasing its seeds directly from this link, for the modest sum of € 3.57! You will have 50 seeds at your disposal.
Passion fruit flower: meaning
The meaning of passion fruit flower is that of a a deep feeling that is about to be born.
By giving this flower to a dear friend you will express your loyal and sincere friendship.
The characteristic of the passion flower is that it opens in the morning and closes in the evening. Unfortunately it has a very short life, as short as the feeling of passion in love usually is.