|Maracuya is a fruit with a variety of external color of skins|
and internal varieties of seeds and flavors.
If you have ever watched Jeopardy on TV, you know that every answer has to be given as if it is a question. So if Alex Trebek was asking you, under the Letter M, for $200, "Tell me the other name for maracuyá?" I hope you all are smart enough to say, "What is passion fruit?" But I certainly would not qualify, because I did not know much about this fruit until I came to Colombia. Averaging in size from a typical orange to a slightly larger than normal avocado, the fruit is truly ripe when the skin becomes slightly wrinkled.
|Once you cut open the fruit, you can see the seed pods,|
filled with juice. It's kinda slimy, but they slide right off
and out of the inside and into a bowl,
|The inside of the fruit after the seeds have been removed|
looks like something used for packing... it did. It kept
the seeds from bouncing around and damaging the juice.
|Once the seeds have been separated from the juice, it is|
advisable to put them into a colander and get all the juice.
After collecting the juice - about three of the fruits will generate about three small glasses of juice - and in most cases you will want to add water plus a sweetener. I like to use Stevia powder or liquid. The flavor is nice, hard to describe, but it is refreshing. I make ice cubes of the juice and then add them to iced tea. Hope you will be able to find passion fruit where you are and can try this different kind of 'orange juice.'