In yesterday's post, I told you that everything in the garden was rosy and this morning our 1st Passion fruit was picked from the vine. This was made more special as it was grown from pips.
This is so exciting and I can't remember being this excited over a fruit since I was a child and helped my dad and grandad on the farm harvesting fruit and vegetables and watching the cows being milked. I feel that after all these years I am back to my roots.
This is not the first time I have written about Passion fruit well it was a recipe for passion fruit butter but when I make it this time it will be from home grown fruit. Although I always buy my fruit from the Royal Project Shop.
The Royal Project(1969)is a non-profit organisation founded by his late majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej to solve the problem of deforestation, poverty and opium production by promoting alternative crops in Thailand.
The produce there is top quality so fresh and organically grown but nothing tops growing your own does it?
If you would like the recipe for passion fruit butter and banana bread here is the link to my previous post, Banana Bread and Passion Fruit Butter.
Now a bit of background to the lovely Passion fruit.
This sort of wrinkled egg-shaped fruit is not exciting to look at but what a little powerhouse of nutrients and all things good it is.
When the skin goes wrinkly it is when the Passion fruit is at its sweetest indeed in Jamaica it is called sweet cup.
The name passion fruit came from south American catholic missionaries who believed that the blossom of the passionfruit was a reminder of Christ. That the corona symbolised a crown of thorns, the stigma, the nails on the cross, the sepals and the petals which numbered ten were the apostles with the exception of Judas and Peter. The stamens were Christ's wounds. I think that is a lovely explanation of how the name passion fruit came about.
Passion fruit grows in any frost free warm climate around the world.
Cultivated since ancient times and always enjoyed for its sweet slightly tart flesh.
It has Vitamin C in abundance; in fact, a single serving of passion fruit has more than 100% of the required intake of vitamin C for a healthy diet.
A very powerful source of proven anti-carcinogenic activity in the body the anti oxidants in passion fruit primarily reduce free radicals.
One serving of passion fruit satisfies one-quarter of our potassium needs immediately thus it is proven to relax tension in our blood vessels and promote an increase in blood flow so it is indeed a little powerhouse.
But as with anything moderation is also a factor and as with all fruits they contain natural sugars so people with diabetes should be aware of their sugar levels.
But with passion fruit, it is very obvious that this little fairly unassuming looking fruit is packed with many benefits for our health and wellbeing.
Now for a little update on life on the farm...due to strong wind and rain in buckets, the turkey house is a little behind schedule but the sun is shining today so digging will commence and hopefully, my little baby Turkeys will have a lovely new home when we collect them next week.
My next post will be on another of the lovely fruits which are ripening down the farm as we speak the Jambulan plum.
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Until next time stay safe and laugh a lot.