PASSION FRUIT, SOMETHING TO BE PASSIONATE ABOUT
- The three stigmas were to reflect the three nails in Jesus's hands and feet.
- The threads of the passion flower were believed to be a symbol of the Crown of Thorns.
- The vine's tendrils were likened to the whips.
- The five anthers represented the five wounds.
- The ten petals and sepals regarded to resemble the Apostles (excluding Judas and Peter).
Passion Fruits are available year round throughout tropical Latin America, they are very easy to grow from seed all you have to do is dry the seeds, place them in a pot with soil to germinate and then transplant them to a sunny location next to a fence or other structure to which the vine can attach. The flowers are very decorative and provide food for humming birds. The fruits are harvested when they fall from the vine or come off with a little shaking. The vine will produce fruits in the first year and will continuously produce for at least 3 years.
Passion Fruit has many culinary applications in drinks, appetizers, main dishes and desserts. It is an excellent flavoring agent for fish or pork, it makes delicious dressings for salads, and its strong sweet sour taste produces scrumptious desserts.
Passion fruit are found in 3 colors, yellow (most common, most sour), purple (less common, less sour) and orange (least common, but sweetest). They are ripe when the color is fully developed and are slightly wrinkled. They all start green an as they ripen develop the final color. Green Passion Fruits are too sour and are not usable.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Passiflora edulis
ENGLISH NAME: Passion Fruit
LOCAL NAMES: Maracuya, Parchita (venezuela), Parcha (Puerto Rico), Maracuja (Brazil), Pasionaria (Paraguay), Granadilla
PRODUCTS: Juice concentrate, Syrups, Wine, Jellys, bottled sauces.
NUTRIENTS: Fresh passion fruit is high in beta carotene, potassium, and dietary fiber. Passion fruit juice is a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and good for people who have High blood pressure.
STORING: Passions fruits keeps well at room temperature, they will over ripen when they start wrinkling at this time you can scoop out the pulp, put it in a bag and freeze it, frozen it will last a long time without altering its qualities.