The ‘Passion’ behind Passion Fruit

I’ve always wondered what was behind the “Passion” of the exotic Passion Fruit. Have you? No, it’s not an aphrodisiac as it’s name misleads to nor an intense fruit per se; the answer will surprise you but the Passion Fruit was named after the five wounds of Christ.

Passion Fruit was named by 16th century Spanish Catholic missionaries in the Brazilian Amazon. After its purple flower, the group called the fruit’s flower the “flower of the five wounds”, which later evolved to the “Passion Flower” and as a result, the fruit was named “Passion Fruit.”


Benefits and Nutrition

Exotically sweet, tart and juicy at the same time, Passion Fruits are native to the subtropical regions of Paraguay.

Passion fruit is a great source of fiber and Vitamin C, which is an ideal natural solution to constipation. At 30mg of Vitamin C per every 100g, bowel movements will definitely happen and furthermore, your body will build up a great resistance to flu infections.

Like carrots, Passion Fruit is high in Vitamin A, which is essential to maintaining healthy vision.

Mango and Passion Fruit Lassi


Give this delicious Indian drink mixed with a hint of fresh mint a try! Sooooo refreshing! Promise!


1.5 cups of frozen mango

1/2 fresh mango, peeled and sliced

1 cup of natural yogurt

1 cup of mango juice

3/4 cup of milk

1/4 cup of passion fruit pulp

2 fresh mint leaves

Serves 2


  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse for up to a minute.
  2. If you want a thinner consistency, simply add a little more milk. Divide lassi amongst glasses and serve immediately.



Source: AustralianFood


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