Passion fruit


I come from places where passion fruits are known to be black crinkly ping-pongs. So when I was first told that this yellow gargantua with immaculate smooth skin, maracuya, is passion fruit, of course my reaction was skepticism.

Colombian passion fruits not only look more ‘attractive’ than the Australian ones, but also are bigger, at least double the size. This seems to be the on-going trend with most things found in this country.

Normally the internationally more commonly found passion fruit is as big as a lime. Here you can see that it’s MUCH bigger than a lime. The South American native has a thicker skin than its smaller  brother. Though the respective pulp looks about the same, the yellow one’s tends to be more sour but milder in flavor.

It’s not hard to find either. A basic fruit here, it’s a key item at any fruit vendors. Also a standard ingredient in many desserts like cheesecake and ice-cream.


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  2. hey from ecuador
    isn’t the aroma of passionfruit amazing? i have just returned from a quick trip to the yard to see if there were any fruit – mine are about a week from being ready, and i am out of lemons! i picked some foliage to go in a painting that i am working on. how great to see your post!

    1. 😀 Yes! indeed – do you have the giant passion fruit in ecuador or the aussie type? Bet it’s the yellow one..

      1. yes, we have those brilliant orbs of bright yellow. i’ll have to look into the ‘giant’ passion fruit, as i’m not sure what that is. there’s a reddish ‘granadilla’ that’s sweeter,but the one most people raise is the yellow.

        wait wait – stop the presses! yes, i have seen that larger melon-sized looking one here and there in small gardens, but i have never seen them for sale. i’ll have to ask around and see if i can taste one of those.. are they better than the yellow ones?

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