In the kitchen, the passion fruit extract flavoring can be a delicious ally. The possibilities that the refreshing tart of this extract can offer will make your dishes have a tropical flavor like no other.
Despite its flavoring use, the passion fruit extract has some other benefits that can be useful. Such as antioxidants or anti-inflammatory and other properties inherited from the fruit.
Passion Fruit Origins
This fruit is native to Paraguay, Brazil, and northern Argentina, named in the 1800s by the Spanish missioners. Maybe its name makes you believe it has some aphrodisiac characteristics. This isn’t true, because it is named after the Passion of Christ, since its flower recalls the crucifixion.
Since its discovery, passion fruit was spread and cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas free of cold winters. Places as diverse as Australia, India, Hawaii, Israel, and of course all over the Caribbean.
Passion Fruit Variants
Purple Passion Fruit
Purple-colored variant it’s much more aromatic, less acidic, and because of this, tastes sweeter. This variant produces up to 35% more juice than its relative.
Yellow Passion Fruit
This version is bigger than the purple-colored one and has thicker skin. Their contents of citric acid are way higher.
Passion Fruit Extract Flavoring Benefits
Vitamin C and beta-carotene, present in the passion fruit extract, are powerful antioxidant agents. These composites help to get rid of free radical molecules that can be present within your cells and can damage their DNA.
The elevated antioxidant content in passion fruit extract could have a significant anti-inflammatory influence. Some studies in patients with osteoarthritis showed patients, who took passion fruit extract, experienced attenuated symptoms.
Immune System Boost
The passion fruit was used for boosting the immune system by the natives way before it was discovered. Yet, it was modern medicine the one that revealed how this fruit helps the immune system.
This attribute is due to vitamin C, alpha-carotene, beta-kryptoxanthin, iron, and potassium that are in the passion fruit extract as well.
The existence of alkaloids in the passion fruit helps ease insomnia and anxiety due to their soothing effects. These comprise plenty of phytonutrients and medicinal alkaloids that work as effective sedatives.
Bone Health Enhancer
Passion fruit natural extract is rich in minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium. All of these helps to keep the bone density and prevent osteoporosis. These minerals don’t just maintain the bones healthy but increase the bone cells’ activity to repair any bone fragility pre-existent.
Passion Fruit Extract Flavoring Usages
It can be used for baking, mixing with drinks, even can be used with beauty purposes.
Used widely in the kitchen because of its aromatic flavor. It is popular to add passion fruit extract to several drinks. For example, it can be used on a passion fruit sangria for flavoring. If you prefer something not alcoholic, blend it with milk, as South Africans do.
Speaking of baking, the most famous way of using it is a passion fruit tart, but there are plenty of options. You can make from a refreshing passion fruit mousse to a syrup to use as a topping for ice cream or other desserts.
The passion fruit extract can be used even for cooking. If you enjoy bittersweet food, you could try the passion fruit sauce, which is of intense flavoring and goes well with white meat in general. It can be even used as a seasoning, as it is in the case of passion fruit chicken.
The passion fruit leaves and flower extracts are used in the cosmetic industry. It is used for its anti-aging, relaxing, and protective properties on the skin. While not passion fruit extract per se, it’s still part of the plant.
However, the passion fruit extract has some of the soothing qualities that leaves and flower has. This means that you can make a homemade facial mask to get similar effects!
Double extract means that we use twice of the vanilla beans needed per gallon, this way increasing its concentration. Non-alcohol-based because all of our extracts are made with purified water and, of course, natural because all ingredients are of natural origin.
Some good and recommended recipes that can be done with our vanilla extracts are:
- Orange and strawberry trifle.
- Puerto Rican tembleque.
- Coconut Mango cookies.
- Caribbean rum-soaked French toasts.