In the 32 years I lived in the USA before moving abroad, I never purchased passion fruit. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what they even looked like. I would see passion fruit on labels as an ingredient in tropical juice blends and knew the taste of them, but didn’t know the fruit. I didn’t really know much about mango or papaya either.
We are surrounded by tropical fruit and enjoy most of them. We’ll admit, we do miss berries, peaches, cantaloupe and nectarines. When we are in the USA we miss sweet bananas – if you haven’t eaten bananas in the tropics, you don’t realize how tasteless the bananas are that are sold at grocery stores throughout the States.
We enjoy passion fruit juice. We like it in smoothies, by itself as a refreshing drink or frozen into ice cubes that we can flavor our water with. I thought I would share the process of the passion fruit transformation.
1. Purchase the passion fruit. This is what they look like here. On the outside, they don’t look very appealing.
2. Cut them in half and scoop out the insides into a blender.
3. Add water to the passion fruit and blend. Strain the seed bits out and return the juice to the blender. Add sugar to taste, more water and blend again. Enjoy!