04 June 2011

Fruit and Flower Friday, ahem, I mean Saturday...

Forgot about fruit and flower Friday yesterday! So here ya go...

This week is a purple passion fruit. Here is some random information on this fruit...

Nutrition: Fresh passion fruit is high in beta carotene, potassium, and dietary fiber. Passion fruit juice is a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and good for people who have high blood pressure.[6]Some research is showing that purple passion fruit peel may help with controlling asthma symptoms.[7] The yellow variety is used for juice processing, while the purple variety is sold in fresh fruit markets. The fruit contains Lycopene in the mature and immature pericarp.[8]

Random Religious info about the name: The passion fruit has had a religious association as reflected by the name "passion" given to it by Catholic missionaries who thought that certain parts of the fruit bore some religious connections.[citation needed] These missionaries (who were joined by the Spanish Conquistadors in South America), saw a way of illustrating the Crucifixion:[citation needed]
  • The three stigmas were to reflect the three nails in Jesus's hands and feet
  • The threads of the passion flower were believed to be a symbol of the Crown of Thorns.
  • The vine's tendrils were likened to the whips.
  • The five anthers represented the five wounds.
  • The ten petals and sepals regarded to resemble the Apostles (excluding Judas and Peter).

The flower of the passion fruit is considered as the national flower of Paraguay.

It is believed that passion fruit was called that due to the peculiar way that the pulp and seeds of the fruit must be extracted with the tongue when eating. Later, Catholic missionaries used a clever play on the name, "passion fruit" to associate it with the crucifixion of the Christ.

(I can't figure out why the font is funky, oh well.)

Here it is in my fruit basket

And I think I can consider Claire my official fruit and flower model.

She makes accurate faces when eating certain fruits. I really like this fruit but Bud doesn't. He prefers the yellow passion fruit. This one kinda taste like sour candy.

And look who has ring worm on her head (excuse the randomness in pictures here)

I think I know why!

So I thought I'd introduce another fun game for Friday. I post a different flower every week and YOU tell me what it is! (because I really don't have a clue about flowers other than I like them and they're pretty)

Here is the bulb. Elisha tends to pick them all and play games with them

And there are several colors of them but I really like this one

See, doesn't she make a great model! She shows the height of the flowers at their max growth

Have a great weekend y'all!


Clea's Perspective said...

We have them all over our yard too. they are my mom's favorite especially the variety with the really big flowers. We call them morrangas but the English name is cannas. Isaac actually bought some of the bulbs at walmart last time he was in the states. --- love clea
ps i am with bud the yellow passion are better :)

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