“From a scientific perspective, Passion fruit contains phytochemicals such as, harmine, passaflorine, harman, harmalin, harmol, vitexin, carotenoids, chrysin, isovitexin, scopoletin and theobromine. Phytochemicals are non-nutritive plant chemicalsthat have protective or disease preventive properties. They are nonessential nutrients, meaning that they are not required by the human body for sustaining life; however, it is well-known that plants produce these chemicals to protect themselves.
The leaves, flowers, peels and stems are all used as medicine in different ways. The leaves mainly contain the alkaloids. Harman, mentioned above, lowers blood pressure naturally. The flower can be made into a sedative and antispasmodic. Passion flower is also used to treat nervous disorders, bronchial conditions, arthritis, asthma, insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders and menopausal symptoms. Carotenoids and polyphenols in the yellow fruit extract can also kill cancer cells in vitro.
And for its Spiritual property, Grandma would always make me a drink of some natural herb or fruit and tell me how they were connected to nature from a religious point of view; it was just her way. According to her, catholic missionaries who accompanied the Spanish Conquistadores in their conquest of the “New World” believed that there was a religious connection between the flower and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, hence the name “Passion.” They associated the three stigmas of the fruit to the three nails used to pierce the hands and feet of Christ. They also saw the threads of the flower as representing the crown of thorns on Jesus’ head; the tendrils found on the vines as the whips that were used to lash him and the five anthers represented the five wounds, including the one made by the Spear of Destiny.” –FG Gomez
1/2 bottle Vodka (of choice)
1 bottle Sparkling wine
2 cups Peach juice
2 cups Passion fruit juice
4 cups Vanilla ice cream
Here’s how :
Put the juice and the vodka in a large container, add the vanilla ice cream in small portions and stir it. When the ice is melted add the sparkling wine.
2 1/2 oz. Pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz. Passion fruit juice
1/4 oz. Lemon juice
1/4 oz. Grenadine
Here’s how :
Shake with ice and strain into a tall glass over ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.
50g butter plus extra for greasing the tin
330g caster sugar
4 Large eggs
300g self-rising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
90g desiccated coconut
125ml non-fat milk
3 ounces passion fruit concentrate
400g icing sugar
2 ounces passion fruit concentrate
1 ½ tbsp hot water
Here’s how :
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a round tin with melted butter, and line the base and sides with non-stick baking paper.
2. Mix the caster sugar and butter until nice and creamy then add the eggs one at a time and beat well.
3. In a separate bowl, sift self-rising flour and baking powder together, and mix with the desiccated coconut.
4. In another bowl stir the milk and 3 ounces passion fruit concentrate together.
5. Fold flour and coconut into the butter mixture in three lots, adding one-third of the passion fruit mixture each time.
6. Pour into cake tin and bake for 45 minutes, or until skewer into cake comes out clean and the cake is golden on top. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
7. For the frosting, beat ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Spread over the cooled cake.
- 11/2 oz rum
- 11/2 oz plain vodka
- 1/2 oz triple sec
- 1 oz passion fruit juice
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- a dash of Bitters
You’ll need a cocktail shaker to put all the ingredients into. Shake well with ice cubes. Strain & serve in chilled glasses.
- 1/2 cup simple syrup (or make your own by heating sugar with 1/2 cup water)
- 2 cups rum
- 2 cups passion fruit juice
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1/2 cup orange liquor
- 3 to 4 pieces of lime (freshly squeezed juice)
- a dash of bitters
Mix together in a pitcher all ingredients, with ice cubes. Stir well and serve.