We have a lilikoi vine at Hale O Kauka. It’s delightful. I’m sharing here some health benefits for the lilikoi or passion fruit as it’s also known and some ways we incorporate it into our daily diet here on Maui.
High in fiber and low glicemic it is good for diabetics. Its high in vitamin C, beta-cryptoxanthin and alpha-carotene – all are anti- oxidants that also boost immunity. It has iron which increases haemoglobin in our red blood cells and it’s rich in riboflavin (Vitamin B6) and niacin (Vitamin B3) which are both thyroid regulating.
It also prevents hardening of the arterial walls of the heart (atherosclerosis), keeping our heart flowing.
It is also rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron phosphorous, potassium and sodium. These minerals maintain bone density prevent osteoporosis and relieve anxiety and mild insomnia.
Good for skin, immunity, blood oxygenation, bone and cardiovascular health – this delicious fruit is a welcome addition to our fresh brewed iced tea. We squeeze the fresh juice into our morning cup and trust that the plant medicine is at work within us throughout the day. It can also be used as a jam, to flavor butter and as a welcome tropical flavor on a myriad of other dishes.