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 lilikot) 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 seductively sweet-tart and the fragrance tropical and perfumy. Choose large, heavy, firm fruit with a deep-purple color. Store ripe passion fruit in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It can be served plain as a dessert or used to 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.
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