Hey guys! Today I am going to talk about my fruit hunting experience. So since i am new to Canada I am still exploring places, especially different places to eat. I went to the St Lawrence Market at Toronto which is close to my college. I fell in love with the place, there were so many different vegetables and fruits that I have never heard of before. That day I was in the mood to eat fruits. I roamed about for an hour, couldn’t decide which fruit to buy. As I was thinking, one of the ladies working at the market suggested that I buy Granadilla but of course she said it differently. She pronounced it as Grenadia which is the Spanish version of it. Now its called Granadilla locally in Africa and other places, actually it called Passion Fruit. She said if I love pomegranate, I will definitely love this. So I bought Granadilla, hurried back home to taste it. Okay so a little information on Granadilla – it has the color is yellowish orange, the outer shell is hard and slippery with a stem. It has a soft covering or padding inside to protect the seeds. The Granadilla seeds are a bit hard,surrounded by a transparent pulp that is the edible sweet part of the fruit. Granadilla comes from the family of Passifloraceae and species is Passiflora ligularis. It is native to the Andes mountains near Peru. Its also found in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela , Argentina, Mexico, Africa and Australian countries.It needs tropical climate to grow. It requires 15° to 18° and 800mm to 1000mm annual rainfall to grow. Countries like United States, Canada, Switzerland and Belgium are major importers of Granadilla. Market pricing is $2 for each fruit. It is available all throughout the year. Granadilla is mostly used in fruit salads, in drinks such as Schweppes and ice cream. It is also used for processing juice and flavoring yogurt.
When I tasted it , it had a subtle sweet flavor of the transparent pulp and crunchiness of the seed. The seeds were a bit larger than of a pomegranate. Frankly the interior of the fruit did not look very appealing but it was amazing. Beautiful sweetness.
I would use the fruit in drinks, fruit salad or make yogurt out if it. I like the idea of making it into a yogurt because I believe it something different not an ordinary yogurt flavor you taste. I checked out some recipes to make with Granadilla , this one below is the one I love:
- 1 cup passion fruit/Granadilla pulp and seeds (approximately 10 passion fruit)
- 2 eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 150g caster sugar
- 100g butter, cubed
- Combine all the ingredients in a heat-proof bowl and set it over a bowl of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
- Stirring continuously, allow the butter to melt and the mixture to come together. At first the mixture is going to look strange and curdled but just continue stirring and when the butter is melted, switch to a whisk and whisk until the curd is thick and glossy.
- Taste to ensure the curd is smooth and cooked through then remove from the heat.
- Transfer the curd to clean jars and keep in the fridge for up to 2-3 weeks.
I learned about a new fruit and I will keep visiting the St Lawrence market for more exciting experiences on food. I will be sure to use this fruit in future.