Let's talk about the sweet passion fruit seeds, as we've seen before from their characteristics to their medicinal use – check the latter on here. And since all parts of this fruit are edible, there's nothing better than knowing a little about each one of them, right?!
So, follow below the properties of the seeds of this delicious fruit.
Sweet passion fruit seeds
In general, few give importance to the seeds, but they are of great use not only for the food industry but also for the cosmetic area. That's right! The sweet passion fruit seed has properties that bring advantages even to maintain its beauty.
The sweet passion fruit seed is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, such as: linoleic acid; oleic acid; palmitic acid and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
These fatty acids are fats (lipids) which can be found in the oil extracted from the seeds of this fruit. Each acid corresponds to different proportions found in seeds, see below.
Linoleic acid is one of the main acids found in the sweet passion fruit seed oil, representing about 55 to 66%. Next, oleic acid represents 18 to 20%, leaving palmitic acid with a share of about 10 to 14%.
It is also possible to find a small amount of linolenic acid, about 0.8 to 1% only. On the other hand, polyunsaturated fatty acids, in turn, have important functions in the maintenance of cell and brain membranes and in the transmission of nerve impulses.
These acids have important functions for the body, including energy production. However, these are not the only properties found in the sweet passion fruit, as there are also fibers and proteins extracted from the seed milling meal.