While touring around Baguio, we stopped by at vendors selling fruits and vegetables. It was my first time to see Passion Fruit and this fruit is really strange to me. My friend Joy, knowing the benefits of this fruit, bought a kilo and had me tasted it. It is juicy with numerous black seeds inside, hollow yet crunchy. I could say it is exotic, sweet yet sour in taste.
Passiflora edulis (Passion Fruit) is a vine species of passion flower that is native to Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina. Its common names include passion fruit (UK and US), passionfruit (Australia and New Zealand), and purple granadilla (South Africa). In the Philippines passion fruit is commonly sold in public markets and in public schools. Some vendors sell the fruit with a straw to enable sucking out of the seeds and juices inside. It is not very popular because of its sour flavour, and the fruit is very seasonal. Source: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
There are a lot more benefits of passion fruit. All parts are used including the leaves, flowers, peels, stems and passion fruits. The passion fruit contains phytochemicals. The juice especially the leaves contain the alkaloids that lower blood pressure, as sedative and as antispasmodic. The leaves are used for medicinal purposes while the flowers has sedative effects that can induce sleep.