Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Passion Fruit

Food In Isla Mujeres
Maracuya flower and fruit, enjoy a fresh organically grown smoothie after a day visit to Chichen Itza.
Passion Fruit (English), Poch'il (Maya) Maracuya (Spanish) Passion fruit vines have tendrils and climb They are nicknamed the Patio Plant because they are popular providers of shade in patio areas.They attract bees and butterflies, and the flowers are aromatic. . Fruits ripen in May and June; whose soft pulp contains seeds and is in drinks, desserts, and sauces. Locally they are often yellow, while in the US the purple variety is more common. They were given the name "passion" by colonial era Spaniards who found many symbols related to Christ in the formation of the flowers.

                The fruit pictured above has been cut open to reveal its many semi-hard seeds embedded in the pulp.Passion fruits are good to eat, but the yellow variety is can be tart to eat without adding sweetening. A delicious drink is made by blending the fruit pulp with ice, water, sugar, and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda. The juice is an excellent source of Vitamin C. Here are some recipes.

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