Thursday, May 1, 2008
Common Name: Yellow Passion Fruit
Vernacular Name: Golden Passionfruit, Maracuya
Botanical Name: Passiflora edulis
Specimens From: Malaysia
Specimens Weight: 90 gm [3.17 oz]
Passion fruit is native from Brazil to Argentina, including Paraguay. This fruit's name, 'passion', derives from its flower, passion flower. The early Spanish explorers named it as they found the huge flowers resembled the crown of thorns, worn during the passion of Christ.
This fruit usually comes in either yellow or purple, with a smooth and glossy rind. You may wish to view the purple variety here. There are other colors too due to the hybrids between the two varieties. Passion fruit is either oval or round, about the size of a tennis ball, though some can be bigger or smaller than that. The yellow variety is usually slightly larger than its purple counterpart.
Just cut the fruit into half and scoop it with a spoon. Inside the thick rubbery rind, it contains a mess of yellowish-orange, jelly-look-alike pulp encircling numerous black seeds. The seeds are edible and crunchy.
The taste is sweet and tart but it is the unique aroma that gives this fruit, the flavor. The yellow variety, at times is slightly more acidic than its purple cousin. It makes a good choice to mix with other fruit juices to enhance the taste. When it is ripe, it will start to wrinkle and that is the best time to eat it. It will be less tart but sweeter.
It is one of my favorite fruits. Do you have that passion?
Fruit: Yellow Passion Fruit; Passiflora edulis; Passifloraceae.
Other fruits in the same family: Sweet Granadilla, Passion Fruit [purple rind].
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