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Passion Fruit & Christ's crucifixion

This tropical fruit is said to be named not for the passionate propensity it promotes but because particular parts of the plant's flowers resemble different symbols of Christ's crucifixion, such as the crown of thorns.

Though native to Brazil, passion fruit (also called granadilla ) is now also grown in Australia, California, Florida, Hawaii (where it's called lilikoi ) and New Zealand.

The most common variety marketed in the United States is egg-shaped and about 3 inches long. When ripe, it has a dimpled, deep-purple skin and a soft, golden flesh generously punctuated with tiny, edible black seeds. The flavor is sweet-tart and the fragrance tropical in nature.

Fresh passion fruit is available from March through September in Latin markets and some supermarkets. Choose large, heavy, firm fruit with a deep-purple color. Store ripe passion fruit in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Passion Fruit

Here is a great summer treat using passion fruit...

Passion Fruit Freeze Recipe

2 cups orange sherbet
1 cup low fat milk
3 passion fruit

Passion fruit can be served plain as a dessert or it can flavor a variety of foods like sauces, ice creams and beverages. Canned passion-fruit nectar is available in many supermarkets. Passion fruit contains a small amount of vitamins A and C.

Cut open 3 passion fruit and scoop pulp and seeds into the milk. Stir with a fork to extract the juice from the pulp. Strain into blender. Add the sherbet and blend for 15 seconds or just until all the sherbet is smooth. Pour the passion freeze into a tall, chilled glass. If available, place a sprig of mint on top and serve immediately.

Vitamins in passion fruit

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