Saturday, October 17, 2009
In any case, for a passion fruit addict like me, living in Brazil is a junkie's paradise. Passion fruit (Portuguese: Maracujá) (Bot: Passiflora edulis) is cheaply and readily available all year round, and is used in a large number of dishes and drinks. There's passion fruit juice, which Brazilians will tell you has a tranquilizing and sedative effect, and there's the juice's stronger cousin, the caipifruta de maracujá, which is basically a caipirinha made with passion fruit juice rather than lime juice.
Passion fruit is used as a flavoring agent in sweet baking, in cakes and tortes, and most commonly, perhaps, in the form of passion fruit mousse (mousse de maracujá). Passion fruit ice cream is a marvel, and starting the day with a passion fruit smoothie is a well-known hangover reliever.
Passion fruit can also be used in savory dishes, and shrimp in passion fruit sauce is a standard menu item in seafood restaurants. It can also be used to great success in marinades and salsas.
Did I forget to mention passion fruit flavored Tic-Tacs and chewing gum? Great to tide one over until one's next fix of true passion fruit.