– 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:
- The purple variety = dark purple in color when ripe, has relatively less pulp and juice, and is not very sweet or acid.
- The bright yellow variety = a strong aroma, more juice and high yield
- 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
In Portland our freezer was filled to the max with raspberries, marionberries, boysenberries, blackberries and blueberries.
Here, it’s passionfruit.
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