Tropical Fruit

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.

passion fruit

2. Cut them in half and scoop out the insides into a blender.

cut passion fruit

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!

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3 Responses to Tropical Fruit

  1. Pop pop says:

    Sounds refreshingly good.

  2. Judith says:

    They are THE most amazing thing. We used to be very happy to take up precious freezer space for passion fruit juice. It was one of the few fruits the Festens could get in their village, so if they were coming to the capital at the right time of year, they would bring us bottles of undiluted juice. Amazing. We used to just use a passe-vite to get the seeds out of the pulp and freeze it undiluted, then dilute it when we used it. I miss them!

  3. Denise says:

    Nummy!! Watch out for too much mango!

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