The Granadilla or Passiflora ligularis is a member of the plant species in the genus Passiflora. It is found throughout the Andes Mountains in the regions of Venezuela, Bolivia and Colombia. It is also found as far north as Central Mexico and as far south as Argentina. It is one of the many different fruits that are considered part of the Passion Fruit family and in fact it is called Passion Fruit in Africa and Australia. In Brazil it is known as the maracuja doce – or sweet passion fruit.
This is a plant that likes to climb and looks stunning on a trellis. It has large green leaves and greenish white flowers. You can plant it on a deck, over a fence or against a sheltered wall but it will need a strong frame for support.
The fruit is round and orange and seems also to have a hard, leathery cover. Inside the seeds are protected by a soft white padding. The seeds themselves are surrounded by a clear gelatinous liquid that is soft and sweet to eat. The seeds are black and a bit bitter but can be swallowed whole.
This is a very versatile fruit and can be used in drinks, desserts, jams and jellies and mixed with yogurt.
It is said that granadillas have the ability to ease anxiety and is an excellent fruit for people that suffer from insomnia, in that it can help you fall back to sleep. Additional claims say that its high level of antioxidants will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and can aid in keeping your skin looking radiant.
It contains vitamin A, B2, B3, B6, B8, C, E, and K. Its mineral content includes Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium and Zinc.
As a result it assists in strengthening your immune system, aids your vision and may in some form reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
It is important to note, that even though we are listing supposed medicinal properties, do not overuse any fruit. Additionally it is important to consult with your physician and or nutritionist as to how you can integrate them into your diet.