Passion fruit is a very unique fruit in itself. Not only does it have a special name, but it also tastes delicious. It is filled with sweetness, tartness, passion (pun intended) and tender fruitiness. It is a perfect fruit to make homebrew out of. But despite all these mouth-watering attributes, not that much is known about the fruit. No need to worry, Alchema has some answers to questions that tell us what a passion fruit is.
How was passion fruit named?
Passion fruit comes from the subtropical regions of Central and South America. In the 17th century when the Spanish missionaries came to the “New World”, they discovered that the local aborigines used the leaves of passion fruit as a sedative. The Spanish missionaries later depicted the fruit as a religious sign. They called it the Flor de las Cinco lagas (The flower of the five wounds), due to the resemblance it had with the crucifixion of Christ. This was how the fruit eventually earned the name "Passion".
The Japanese refer to passion fruit as a “timepiece fruit”. This is because they think that the passion fruit flowers resemble the hands and dials of the clock. Another reason is that the fruit can have a different taste depending on the maturity of the fruit. In Taiwan, the fruit has a similar interpretation to that of the Japanese.
One thing that makes this fruit unique is that it is impossible to create an artificial taste. Some manufacturers can make canned passion fruit, but it doesn’t have the same taste that makes the passion fruit so special.
What different kinds of passion fruit are there?
Passion fruit farming is a delicacy in itself. Harvesting the fruit at the right time is critical as it determines what the fruit will taste like. It can either be too sour because it was harvested too early or too sweet because it was harvested too late.
Traditionally there are five different types of passion fruit; purple passion fruits, green passion fruits, giant granadilla, sweet granadilla and banana passion fruit. Purple passion fruits have a very jelly-like texture and a bittersweet taste with seeds that are edible. This type is very refreshing. For the green passion fruits, while their size and color might be different, the taste is quite similar to the purple passion fruit. The giant granadilla has a plain taste and has nothing special that differentiates them from the purple and green passion fruits. The sweet granadilla has yellowish skin and offers a less acidic taste than the other types of passion fruits. Finally, the banana passion fruit is a little longer than the other passion fruits with a yellowish red color. The taste is much sweeter and more acidic than the previous types of passion fruit mentioned.
How do you choose the right passion fruit?
Passion fruit is in season from July to September. When buying you need to focus on three things so that you choose the right one.
The first one is the color of the red dots covering the fruit. The darker the color is the riper the fruit will be.
The second one is the weight of the fruit. The heavier the fruit feels, then that means that it is juicier than the others.
Lastly is the sound of the fruit. By sound we mean when you shake the fruit, if there is a sound then the flesh has been disconnected from the inside meaning that the fruit will taste sour. If there is no sound then the fruit will be sweeter.
How do we use passion fruit to make homebrew?
Making a passion fruit homebrew is a wonderful experience. The lovely aroma that the fruit gives off will make you believe you are in the tropics when making the drink. Plus the feeling that you are in control of how your drink will taste, is very satisfying and empowering. Preparing the ingredients can be a little difficult, due to the delicacy of the fruit. After the first sip though, you will know that the hard work and the preparation were worth it.
Some of the ingredients you need are:
Passion fruit (frozen): 400g
Yeast: Premier Rogue
Step 1: Wash the passion fruit, the knife and chopping board. Once those are dry, cut the upper third or quarter of the passion fruit and dig out the flesh.
Step 2: Put the flesh into a plastic bag and sealed it well. Put it into the freezer to freeze as this will help release the flavor when it defrosts during the fermentation process.
Step 3: Once frozen, put the contents into the pitcher, add some honey, yeast and water and mix it well. The machine has a built-in weighing sensor that will let you know how much you put in through the app. Within a couple of days, the app will let you know when the delicious homebrew will be ready to drink.
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