Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Passionfruit - 'Passiflora edulis' - fam: Passifloraceae
The 'Passiflora edulis' is a vine species of passion flower that is native to southern Brazil, and Paraguay, to northern Argentina. It is cultivated commercially in tropical and subtropical areas for its sweet, seedy fruit. The passion fruit is a pepo, a type of berry, round to oval, either yellow, or dark purple at maturity, with a soft to firm, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds. The fruit is both eaten, and juiced 1. Passionfruit juice is often added to other fruit juices to enhance aroma. Passionfruit enhances the flavour of all other fruits 2.
To eat fresh, simply cut the fruit in half, and scoop out the pulp and seeds with a spoon. Both are edible, but the pulp can be strained to make a refreshing drink. Strained fruit can also be made into ice-cream and sorbets 2.
In Australia and New Zealand, it is available commercially, both fresh, and tinned. It is added to fruit salads, and fresh fruit pulp, or passion fruit sauce, is commonly used in desserts, including as a topping for pavlova (a regional meringue cake), and ice cream, a flavouring for cheesecake, and in the icing of vanilla slices. A passionfruit-flavored soft drink, called Passiona, has also been manufactured in Australia, since the 1920s. It can be used in some alcoholic cocktails 1.
REFERENCES: Wikipedia 1 and Australian Tropical Foods 2