Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Passionate

A couple of weeks ago I was on vacation in Antigua, West Indies, where among the breakfast buffet I came across this strange looking fruit. Do you know what it is?



This alien orb oozing with seeds and slimy pulp is a yellow passion fruit; and it tastes much better than it looks. Having only sampled its flavor in the sorbets and beverages of which it commonly stars, this was my first experience with a real one. I enjoyed the passion fruit, scooping the seeded yellow flesh directly from its rind. Tart and texturally awkward at first bite, the fruit’s entirely edible innards have an acidic taste that is sweet, bright, and purely tropical.

Passion fruit grows in the Caribbean and warm-weather regions, and also comes in a smaller, more widely recognized purple-rind variety. Other than being eaten raw, it is often prepared in jams and jellies, sauces, drinks, desserts, and even wine.

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