I have just rediscovered my passion for passion fruits. Our farmer’s market offered passion fruits some weeks back -- a rare occurrence, actually -- and so I just had to buy. Good thing I did for these tropical fruits are just bursting with flavor, color, aroma and nutrition.
Passion fruits are these yellow, spherical fruits that you can make into the most fragrant and luscious juice treats for your family. While lemon juice is a mainstay in the family, passion fruit juice is also a welcome change every so often -- never mind that the preparation is rather tedious.
You would want passion fruits that come with fresh-looking rinds: yellow and without gray or brown spots, shiny and sans wrinkles and pits. In case you’re wondering how much these fruits are in my city, the price is roughly about a peso apiece. And mind you, a piece of passion fruit can already make a tall glass (about 300ml) of all-natural tropical juice.
Simply slice open the hard rind across its equator to reveal the inner clumps of minute seeds that are covered with yellowish and gelatinous flesh. The flesh that clings to the seeds are what you want to be in your juice.
Spoon off the seeds into a glass of water and then stir vigorously -- with the intent of removing as much of the gelatinous flesh from the seeds. You will find this goal impossible though, no matter how earnest your stirring efforts are. I just stir it up until the water turns a deep, happy yellow. Yellow is just a happy color, don’t you think? Sunny, bright, welcoming… but I digress.
Now then run the seed-containing juice through a sieve and into a pitcher. You will find that the seeds still have lots of flesh left -- and there’s really nothing you could do about it except to come to terms with the fact that the seeds and the flesh may be inseparable.
Slice open another passion fruit and then repeat the said procedure until you get the number of glasses you need. Get it?
This is the real, natural, unadulterated color of passion fruit juice. Add muscovado sugar or honey in there and I guarantee you a juice that trumps all juices for flavor, fragrance, color and probably nutrition. There’s not a trace of artificial color, flavor, sweetener or thickening agent in there -- just simple, pure and healthy passion fruit juice. Now that’s something we’d all be passionate about!