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Maracuya are large, round to oblong fruits with thick, bright yellow rinds. They are about 8 centimeters long and 4 centimeters wide. The skin is smooth and may be covered in light yellow specks. Mature fruits will be wrinkled and soft to the touch. Inside is a soft white pith and a large hollow cavity filled with brown, edible seeds encased in bright yellow, gelatinous pulp. The pulp has an intensely sweet, floral aroma with an acidic taste and tropical flavor.
Maracuya is available in the winter and through the summer months.
Maracuya is the Spanish word for “passionfruit” and generally refers to a large yellow variety grown in South America. Yellow passionfruit are botanically classified as Passiflora edulis and are the most widely cultivated variety in the tropical rainforests of South America. They are well-known for their sour, tropical flavors and beautiful purple flowers that precede them.
Maracuya are rich in vitamins A and C and potassium. They also contain calcium, phosphorus, iron, and a small amount of niacin with traces of thiamine and riboflavin. The fruits provide antioxidant and digestive benefits and calming properties.
Maracuya are used in both raw and cooked applications. Freshly scooped pulp and seeds are eaten as is or used atop salads, yogurts, and parfaits. The pulp is separated from the seeds through straining and the juice is sweetened and used for smoothies, juices, and desserts like sherbet, ice cream and sorbet. The juice is added to dressings and used to make jams, jellies and sauces. It adds color and tropical flavors when poured over cheese cake, vanilla ice cream or panna cotta. Maracuya will keep for up to 5 days at room temperature and up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
Maracuya, or Yellow passion fruit is classified under the botanical name Passiflora edulis forma ‘flavicarpa’, meaning gold or yellow in Latin. At the time it was classified, it presumed there was only one type of yellow passion fruit. Since then, the classification Passiflora laurifolia is also used for yellow fruits. Scientists have recently argued for a change to the nomenclature, citing too many variations among plants with yellow fruits and a lack of cytological studies. Differences in the size, shape, aroma and flavor of fruits from different growing regions demonstrate the need for a better way to distinguish one variety from the next.
Maracuya is native to South America’s Amazon Rainforest where they have been cultivated for centuries. Their origin is unknown; however, some believe they are a hybrid of P. edulis, the sour purple passionfruit and P. ligularis called ‘sweet granadilla’. Others believe the yellow fruit was a chance mutation discovered in Australia. Passionfruit were already established in Australia prior to 1900 and had spread to Hawaii from there by the end of the 19th century. Maracuya were first identified in Brazil 1932, though recent discussions among botanists have questioned the original classification for the yellow varieties. Maracuya grows well in the hot, tropical low lands of Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil and Guyana. Yellow passionfruit are also found in the Caribbean and in Central America, though they may be different varieties. Maracuya are most likely spotted at markets throughout northern South America.
Recipes that include Maracuya Passionfruit. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Laylita's Recipes||Passion Fruit Mousse|
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Supermercado MercanduNear Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Via santa Elena Calle 10A N36A Este-163 Km12 Medellin Antioquia
About 18 days ago, 3/12/20
Sharer's comments : Frutas tropicales frescas
Carulla Oviedo MedellinNear Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Carrera 43a # 6 Sur 145 Medellin Antioquia
About 32 days ago, 2/27/20
Sharer's comments : Passionfruit from the jungle..
Mercado Mayorvista de Frutas
Mercado mayorista de frutasNear La Victoria, Lima Region, Peru
Avenue Arriola La Victoria
About 301 days ago, 6/03/19
Sharer's comments : This is the fruit of Peru..
Plaza VeaNear Santiago de Surco, Cuzco, Peru
About 302 days ago, 6/02/19
Sharer's comments : Fresh from the jungle !
Some Random Farm Near Homestead, Florida, United States
About 437 days ago, 1/18/19
Sharer's comments : Maracuya Passionfruit spotted at Some Random Farm.
Food Town GroceryNear Davie, Florida, United States
6431 Stirling Rd Davie, Davie 33314
About 438 days ago, 1/17/19
Sharer's comments : Maracuya Passionfruit spotted at Foodtown.