Passion Fruit

– By Passionfruit

Without consciously knowing it, this could be the reason we moved here.

The first two weeks we lived here, we lived in a hotel. It was January and the hotel’s breakfast bar served these strange, somewhat ugly fruits, cut in half with a small tea spoon. It was love at first taste. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart with crunchy edible seeds that snap satisfyingly in each bite. And the fragrance…  I can’t believe it took 42 years to taste one of these.


Never judge a wrinkly fruit by it’s skin.

This summer I started seeing them at all the markets, which is where we buy our fruits and veggies. Not knowing the season was so long, I eagerly started grabbing them, afraid they could sell out. Turns out the season is long, thankfully. In my passionfruit frenzy I didn’t stop to consider that there’s an art to selecting the perfect PF. I stopped. I watched the locals, who carefully pawed through them. They were selecting the wrinkly ones. They were selecting the heavy ones. I took mental notes and now consider myself an expert PF shopper.


Just Call me Passionfruit

The Juicy PF Facts:

  • Harvest season is between June and December. Summer is prime time
  • It’s a creeper and grows on trellises
  • Native to Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina (it’s the national flower of Paraguay)
  • Introduced in Taiwan by the Japanese in 1901 during Japan’s colonization of the island
  • The passion fruit is a pepo, a type of berry, round to oval, either yellow or dark purple at maturity
  • In a 100 gram amount, it contains a daily value of 36% vitamin C, 42% dietary fiber, 11% B vitamins riboflavin, 10% niacin, 12% iron and 10% phosphorus. BOOM!

The three most common types grown in Taiwan:

  1. The purple variety  =  dark purple in color when ripe, has relatively less pulp and juice, and is not very sweet or acid.
  2. The bright yellow variety  =  a strong aroma, more juice and high yield
  3. Tai-Non No.1  =  The main commercial variety, which is a hybrid of the other two. This variety is bright red when ripe and good for juicing. In addition, it has low acidity, a fragrant aroma and a smooth, glossy skin.

Mandarin  =  百香果
Pronunciation  =  
Bǎixiāng guǒ (by-shung-gwo)

Literal translation  =  Fruit of 100 fragrances

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In Portland our freezer was filled to the max with raspberries, marionberries, boysenberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Here, it’s passionfruit.
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Our freezer has THE cutest ice cube maker!

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PF cubes, ready for smoothie making!
Fresh Passionfruit Mango Lassie
To Taste Is To Believe

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The exotic PF flower, compliments of wiki.

Fact credits to: Wiki and Council of Agriculture

 

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