When was the last time you’ve eaten passion fruit? The municipality of Taysan has the largest production of passion fruit in the province.
Passion fruit brings back a lot of grade school memories as this is among the fruits na mabenta at kinakaaliwan namin. Instead of using spoon, vendors provide drinking straw so we can gleefully sip the pulps and the seeds from the shiny-on-the-outside passion fruit.
Because it can be tangier than sweeter, adding a pinch of salt into the fruit is the best option for many.
Aside from the joy you’d get from devouring its pulpy goodness, passion fruit is rich in various health benefits. Also known locally as Mirinda, passion fruit is a rich source of fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
Fiber (dietary fiber in particular) helps our body in flushing out cholesterol. It also protects our colon against toxic substances and cancerous chemicals. In every 100g of passion fruit pulp, our body gets 27% dietary fiber.
Passion fruit is rich in vitamins A and C and minerals such as potassium, iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus.
Since there are a lot of passion fruits in Taysan, it became their OTOP (One Town One Product), which they have learned to present in different delicious forms. There’s passion fruit juice, puree, jam, marmalade, and even as salad dressing!
Surely, the town folks of Taysan turned this fruit into passion, literally!
*With additional info from http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/passion-fruit.html