It has varieties from purple passion fruit to yellow and golden one and also hybrids like the Kavery.
Being a tropical plant, it needs well-drained soil with a high amount of humus and neutral pH to grow. So, it is commercially cultivated in the Nilgiri hills, north-eastern areas like Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya in India.
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The juicy fruits also has some great health benefits. Here are five surprising benefits of passion fruit: 1.
Good for diabetics Passion fruit has a low glycemic index GI and high fibre content This makes it a great fruit to maintain insulin levels for diabetics. Sandhya Mishra, Diabetes Specialist. Passion fruit has many types of antioxidants in it like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, riboflavin and carotene. The site will be constantly updated both in form and content, according to the project's advancements.
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Passion flower has been used in the treatment of nervous and easily excited children, bronchial asthma, insomnia, nervous gastrointestinal disorders and menopausal problems. Passion flower is sometimes used as a mild hallucinogen. Anti-cancer effect Researchers at the University of Florida have found that yellow passion fruit extracts can kill cancer cells in vitro. The phytochemicals which are responsible for this anti-cancer effect are carotenoids and polyphenols. Asthma symptoms A study by Watson and his co-workers showed that the consumption of purple passion fruit peel extract can reduce asthma symptoms.
They selected 42 patients received an oral administration of purple passion fruit extract.
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The passion fruit extract supplementation reduced the wheezing by 75 percent and increased forced vital capacity. Osteoarthritis One study investigated the effect of purple passion fruit peel extract on symptoms in patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial and found that the flavanoid rich extract significantly reduced pain and stiffness. Other facts When Spanish explored South America they discovered that passion fruit was used in native folk medicine as a sedative.
When the Spanish brought the passion fruit to Europe the leaves were used as a sleep-inducing medicine. The name 'Passion' was given by Catholic missionaries in South America. The corona threads of the passion flower were seen as a symbol of the crown of thorns, the five stamens for wounds, the five petals and five sepals as the ten apostles excluding Judas and Peter and the three stigmas for the nails on the cross.