Passion fruit: A South American Passion Maracuja, eine südamerikanische Leidenschaft El Maracuyá: Una pasión sudamericana

Passion fruit: A South American Passion

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Passion fruit: A South American Passion

Passion fruit is a fruit of South American origin whose common name can have many variations. However, its Latin name Passiflora edulis will identify it anywhere you are. This interesting plant was so named by the early Jesuits who found it because the flower reminded them of various elements of the Passion of Christ. I hope you get a chance to see its interesting floral structure even in a photograph. At the moment it is the fruit that comes from this flower that we use, as it can be a fun and nutritious accessory in your cooking.

The Passion fruit, externally, slightly resembles a small tangerine, but its interior is very different as there are clusters of seeds covered by a somewhat viscous pulp, dark in colour like a pomegranate, hence perhaps in some places they call it “granadilla” (literally "big pomegranate" in Spanish). It is the inside that is normally consumed, and this fruit is known for its vitamin C that contains up to as much as 30mg per 100g of fruit consumed. Remember that vitamin C is a good antioxidant and one of the most important vitamins to fight seasonal colds. It also provides vitamin A that helps keep our skin in good condition. Passion fruit also provides important micronutrients such as iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus.  Fresh, it is delicious but try consuming it when it is slightly more mature because when the fruit is young it contains a slight toxin that causes drowsiness, like many other fruits in nature.

Passion Fruit Water

Ingredients

  • Sugar or sweetener of your choice, to taste.
  • 5 passion fruits
  • Water
  • Ice

Preparation

  1. Cut fruit in half, remove the pulp and add it to your blender cup.
  2. Add the water, in a ratio of 3:1 with respect to the pulp.
  3. Add sugar or sweetener and blend.
  4. Once liquefied, strain the liquid to separate the seeds from the rest of the liquid.
  5. Try water and if it needs it, add a little more sugar or sweetener. If more pulp is necessary, blend a little fruit with the liquid.
  6. Add ice before serving, or add less water and incorporate ice in step (2) before blending.

Tropical Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 orange
  • ½ cantaloupe melon, you can also use honey dew melon too.
  • 5 strawberries
  • ¼ pineapple
  • 1 mango
  • 1 passion fruit
  • Granola, to taste
  • 2 tsp. of honey

Preparation

  1. Extract pulp from the passion fruit, add to yogurt and mix.
  2. Add two tsp. of honey to yogurt with passion fruit pulp and mix.
  3. Remove peel of all fruits except strawberries.
  4. Split the orange into four parts.
  5. Cut the pineapple, melon and mango into cubes.
  6. Slice strawberries in half.
  7. Place fruit where you serve.
  8. Cover fruit mixture with yogurt.
  9. Sprinkle over with granola.
  10. You can you add more fruits of your choice.

Passion fruit Biscuits

(makes just over 10 servings)

Ingredients

  • 250g of unsalted butter
  • 220g of icing sugar
  • 300g of flour
  • 75g of cornmeal
  • 50g of rice flour
  • 4 tsps. of passion fruit pulp

Preparation

  1. Mix butter, sugar and three types of flour for at least 7 minutes or until all ingredient are incorporated into the mixture.
  2. Add pulp to the mix and incorporate.
  3. Place mixture on a floured surface.
  4. Knead until smooth.
  5.  Put in a previously greased or non-stick tray.
  6. Refrigerate for 1 hour, putting a plastic film over the dough to protect it.
  7. Preheat oven to a moderately heat.
  8. Cook for about 20 minutes or until cookies acquire a slightly golden colour.
  9. Remove cookies and allow to cool.

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5 Reviews “Passion fruit: A South American Passion”

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on 20/01/2016
I have to say, I'm not a big fan of passion fruit as I have found it to be really acidic in the past... However I have made smoothies with passion fruit and mangos as the main ingredients and they seem to have turned out pretty well as they offset eachother - the mango balances out the passion fruit's acidity with its extremely sweet flavour.
Anyway... the passion fruit water sounds nice, maybe it could be done with other fruits too?

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on 26/11/2014
I've never actually tried a passionfruit, but they sound amazing. I always hear such great reviews about the wonderful taste, and all of the exciting and different things you can do with passion fruit. I live in Alaska, however, so I don't think it's very likely that I'll ever buy one here. Perhaps take a vacation down south?
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on 14/06/2014
I really love drinking passion fruit water, especially during the summer. It might sound weird but I don?t like drinking water. I prefer drinking naturally flavored drinks like orange juice, lemonade and, of course, passion fruit water which is one of my favorites. I don?t add too much sugar because I love to keep the sour taste.
After being outdoors on a very warm day, what can be better than drinking a glass of refreshing and nutritional passion fruit water?

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on 14/04/2014
sweet, acidic, and delicious passion fruit, it is one of my favorite! I love it in ice cream and other desserts made with it so thanks for the recipes, always glad to try something different! Go ahead and share more please
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on 25/03/2014
Delicious! Passion fruit is not widely used here because it is a tropical fruit but you can find an dit is delicious, just having nice smoothie or juice of this fruit is so revitalizing, and well, you can prepare some lollipops with the juice for the enjoyment of the children!

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