Known as the water lemon in Jamaica and by the name chinola in the Dominican Republic, this small round fruit packs a vitamin and nutrient punch including vitamins A, B6, and C, calcium, copper, fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, iron, and fibre.
Sprouting from vines also bearing fragrant white flowers, the passion fruit with a purple outer shell often becomes dimpled as it ripens. But the chinola of the Dominican Republic tends to maintain its smooth outer skin, changing from green to yellow as it ripens. Inside you’ll find a pulp packed with edible green or black seeds that can range from shockingly sour to delicately sweet.
Rich in antioxidants, this tropical powerhouse also has a low glycemic index which will not typically cause steep increases in blood sugar. Not on your grocer’s radar? Ask them to start stocking it and add it to your cart. And in case it’s not obvious, the passionfruit will also elevate your cocktail repertoire!