Passion fruit (or maracuya) are the common names of this fruit. Officially it is known as Passiflora edulis. The English name has religious symbolism, but - who knows - maybe it also has to do with the passion some people have for it. The fruit is so sweet and tasty that even the fussiest of eaters love it. The name was invented by missionaries who came to South America. They thought that the shape of mango flowers resembled Christ's crown of thorns.
Passion fruit originated in South America, but today it is cultivated in other places with a tropical climate. The fruit is a valuable source of vitamins A and C, vitamin B, and antioxidants. Its seeds contain beneficial fibre.
Due to the exceptional aroma of the pulp and the beta-carotene contents, passion fruit is widely used in the beauty industry.