How to grow the impressive passionflower

For missionaries in Latin America, passionflower represented the Passion of Christ. Here's all you need to know about his plant and, how to grow it, and how to incorporate it into a recipe.

How to grow the impressive passionflower

1. Herbal medecine

Parts used: the leaves

  • Passionflower is effective in cases of nervous tension and stress. It has a soothing effect on the mind and body; it is often prescribed for insomnia in adults and children, especially for difficulties falling asleep.
  • Results of clinical trials in humans have provided convincing evidence about the traditional use of passion flower to treat disorders related to anxiety.
  • Research has suggested that it could therefore be used as supportive therapy during detoxification in cases of drug addiction.
  • The relaxant and antispasmodic effects of passionflower may also be effective for digestive pain, headaches and neuralgia exacerbated by stress and tension.
  • Passionflower is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

2. In the kitchen

  • The seeds and pulp of ripe fruit have a tart taste and can be eaten raw, in fruit salads, or in creams, jams, jellies and fruit drinks.

3. Passion fruit syrup

For 8 people

  • Remove the pulp from eight passion fruits (180 millilitres or about 3/4 cup) with a spoon, and place it in a bowl.
  • Add five millilitres (one teaspoon) vanilla extract, 230 grams (1 1/4 cup) granulated sugar and 60 millilitres (1/4 cup) freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Mix well and pour into a bottle, seal and store in the fridge.
  • It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Pour into a pitcher and add one litre (four cups) of iced sparkling water.

Now you know more about this type of plant and how it is grown!

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