The granadilla , also known as passion fruit sweet in much of Brazil, is a fruit well known and recommended due to the various benefits that their regular consumption can bring to our health
This fruit is related to the passion fruit, which we already know around here, but there are some details that set them apart. In addition to a sweet and slightly acidic flavor, when ripe granadilla has a firm orange rind and a thin white layer inside.
Its pulp is usually quite voluminous, has a bright yellow color that involves black and solid seeds. Interested and want to know a little more about this delicious fruit? So keep following this full article we brought you.
KNOW THE ORIGIN OF GRANADILLA
Although some people have never heard of granadilla, it is 100% South American fruit. It is not known for sure when the fruit was first considered as a food, but it is known that it is very common in some regions of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela.
Although it is a typical fruit of our continent, it is not difficult to find it in other regions of the world. In countries such as Mexico, Australia, Africa and Papua New Guinea
Here in Brazil, the consumption of granadilla is not so common, but it is possible to find it in some markets and fairs. As we already said, this fruit may be known by other names, however, if you want to look for it, know that one of the possible pronunciations in Portuguese is “granadilla”, since it receives its name in the Spanish language.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROPERTIES OF GRANADILLA?
In addition to being a very beautiful and extremely tasty fruit, granadilla has a huge amount of nutrients that are essential to complement our diet. In addition to making us stronger and healthier, granadilla is a fruit that can bring us countless health benefits.
Among the vitamins and minerals that make up granadilla we can mention:
- Vitamins B2, B3, B6 and B9
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
As you can see, the amount of nutrients that granadilla has is really huge. Therefore, it is not very difficult to imagine the enormous benefits that regular consumption can bring to your health.
FIND OUT HOW GRANADILLA CAN BENEFIT YOUR HEALTH
While you can already imagine a little bit of what consuming granadilla can do for your health through the components we’ve brought you above, you really can’t imagine how extensive the benefits it can provide. Follow it below:
- Antiparasitic function:
The granadilla is considered a very special fruit for this function assigned to it. Its composition allows it to play an antiparasitic role, preventing some parasites from being installed in our body. Furthermore, it proves to be efficient in helping to remove these host intruders when they are no longer in contact with us.
- Helps eliminate toxins
This fruit is also known for its important diuretic function that helps eliminate excess fluid and toxins present in our body.
- Helps prevent/combat anemia
By having in its composition a powerful combination of substances, such as vitamin C and iron, this fruit plays an important role in helping to fight anemia.
- Helps in the child growth process
Some studies show that the consumption of granadilla can be an important ally to help your child’s healthy growth and development.
- It makes your heart healthier
Consumption of granadilla can be proven to improve your heart health. That’s because it can effectively regulate high blood pressure levels, thus helping to prevent other serious diseases related to the cardiovascular system.
- A powerful natural tranquilizer
Like its relative passion fruit, granadilla is a fruit that has great calming power, being efficient in the treatment of anxiety attacks and helping to significantly improve the quality of your sleep.
- Helps keep your liver healthier
In addition to improving the release and flow of bile in our body, ingesting granadilla juice can be an efficient measure to prevent diseases related to the malfunction of our liver.
- Effectively combats intestinal problems
In addition to improving bowel function, granadilla can fight problems such as constipation, diarrhea and cramps.
- Reduces the occurrence of spasms
It has been proven that its regular consumption is able to efficiently reduce the occurrence of muscle spasms, and may even alleviate seizures in some cases.
HOW THE CULTIVATION OF GRANADILLA OCCURS IN BRAZIL
If you are interested in the properties of the fruit and want to have it in your backyard, know that this can be an interesting option. Here in Brazil, it is possible to purchase granadilla seedlings in specialized places and plant them in your home’s backyard.
But it is necessary to pay attention to some important details, the tree that gives rise to its fruits is a little demanding in terms of soil, and it is also a little sensitive to temperature. The granadilla does not usually withstand colder weather, having a good development at temperatures ranging between 15° and 18° Celsius.
Now if you just want to buy the fruit, you might be a little scared by the price. There are some suppliers in the interior of the state of São Paulo that sell granadilla, but its price can reach up to R$ 100.00.
HOW TO CONSUME GRANADILLA?
The granadilla, like the passion fruit, is a very versatile fruit. There are those who prefer to consume it in natura. In addition, it can be used as the main ingredient in juices, smoothies, cakes, pies and jellies.
So, did you know that consuming granadilla could bring you all these benefits? Don’t waste time and run to enjoy everything this delicious fruit can offer you!
Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.