I put a lot of effort to choose what to eat this month, in a season rich with citrus fruit and my favorite red oranges.
However, due to a somewhat less frequent use of passion fruit in our kitchen, I decided to write about this fruit. Also, tropical fruits have been announced as one of the food trends in 2019.
What is interesting is that the name of the fruit itself does not relate to the emotion of passion. The Spanish missionaries Jesuits in South America called this fruit by its name, linking it to Jesus’ suffering on the cross, and talking about fruit as a flower with five wounds.
Due to the intense purple exterior in the Spanish speaking countries, passion fruit is also called small pomegranate. It is mostly cultivated in South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya and Israel. But definitely it finds its way to our markets as well.
Passion fruit is the fruit of an equally beautiful flower from the photograph.
When purchasing passion fruit, make sure that the peel is not too wrinkled and dry, as this means that the fruit the peak moment of deliciousness has passed and the pulp inside has dried out. Buy fruit that seems heavy in your hand. Passion fruit will additionally ripe at room temperature, but do not keep it in the fridge.
You can eat fresh passion fruit with a spoon or pierce a hole at the top and simply drink the inside.
On the other hand, passion fruit is a great addition to venison or as dressing on salads.
I almost forgot, the intense perfume of the interior of passion fruit will impress you, I’m sure.