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Healthy Food Database - Passionfruit

The passionfruit is a native of southern Brazil. It is an egg-shaped tropical fruit with a brittle, wrinkled purple-brown rind encasing flesh-covered edible seeds. The orange pulp has an intense aromatic flavour, while the texture is jelly-like and watery. In Australia they grow prolifically in gardens and in the wild. They grow on a vine, bearing fruit through summer into early autumn. Passionfruit do not ripen after picking.

Select passionfruit with slightly wrinkled purple skins. Overly wrinkled skins indicate they may be old and fermented.

Passionfruit may be frozen whole, or stored at room temperature for about a week. They will also keep in the fridge for several weeks.
Category: Fruit
In Season:
To Buy: Select passionfruit with slightly wrinkled purple skins. Overly wrinkled skins indicate they may be old and fermented.
To Store: Passionfruit may be frozen whole, or store at room temperature for about a week or keep in the fridge for several weeks.
Tips & Tricks:

Nutrition (1 Unit):

Weight (grams): 18
Carbohydrates, g: 1.0
Fat (g): 0.1
Monosaturated Fat , g: 0.0
Amines: Amines come the breakdown or fermentation of proteins. High amounts are found in cheese, chocolate, wine, beer and yeast extracts. Smaller amounts are present in some fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Very High
Glutamates: Glutamate is found naturally in many foods, as part of protein. It enhances the flavour of food, which is why foods rich in natural glutamates such as tomatoes, mushrooms and cheeses are commonly used in meals. Pure monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as an additive to artificially flavour many processed foods, and should be avoided, especially in sensitive individuals as it can cause serious adverse reactions. n/a
Energy (kJ): 55
Protein (g): 0.5
Saturated Fat, g : 0.0
Vitamin C: Antioxidant, anti inflammatory and immune-boosting, this vitamin has a range of uses. Is essential for collagen formation, therefore plays a role in wound healing. Fights infection and protects against free radical damage. Vitamin C helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, promotes the absorption of iron and counters the effects of stress as it is concentrated in the adrenal glands.

Contraindications:
Large doses can cause diaorrhea or gas.
Salicylates: Naturally occurring plant chemicals found in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, jams, honey, yeast extracts, tea and coffee, juices, beer and wines. Also present in flavourings, perfumes, scented toiletries and some medications.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Very high

Cooking:

Cooking Tips: Eat straight from the shell, add to fruit salads, or over a salsa made from breansprouts and chilli.

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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