Feyma and I have been sharing a lot of passion recently. In fact, I have to admit, even though we have lived in the Philippines for 10 years, we really did not share real passion until just the past week or so. We have, admittedly, enjoyed it immensely.
Wait… hold on. What is that you’re thinking? Get your mind out of the gutter!
I’m not talking about love or sex here. I’m talking Passionfruit!
Have you ever had passionfruit before? Until recently, we had not had passionfruit (except one taste that we forgot about), but I sure am glad we tried it. A few years ago, we were at the Bukidnon house of our friend, Catholic Priest, Father Franco. Father Franco had a couple of pieces of passionfruit there, and as I recall we tasted it and liked it. But, he was pretty much out of the fruit at the time. We never had seen passionfruit available in the Philippines, except that one taste at Father Franco’s house, so we kind of just forgot about it.
Last week, I had heard about a local dairy farm that produced cheese. I never had really found a Philippine produced cheese that I thought was very good, but I did hear some very good things about this place, called Malagos Farmhouse. I actually saw a feature about them on TV, and it looked pretty good. One of the cheeses that they produce there is a bleu cheese from goat’s milk. Both Feyma and I are big bleu cheese lovers, and it is quite expensive here to buy imported bleu cheese, so we decided to go buy some from Malagos Farmhouse and see how it was.
While we were at Malagos Farmhouse for the cheese shopping, we saw a big table with some kind of fruit on it. It was not a fruit that I remembered seeing before, so I asked the lady working there what it was. She told me that it was passionfruit. I asked how much it was, and she told me that it was P12 per kilo. Hmm… that’s just about 25 cents US for 2.2 pounds of the stuff! Feyma and I decided to get 2 kilos of it just for a try. We had been told that passionfruit juice is very good, and the lady at Malagos Farmhouse told us that these passionfruit were very ripe, and perfect for juicing, so we decided to squeeze some juice from these.
Within just a few minutes I had my first taste of passion (juice that is), and WOW! I was in heaven. This stuff was good… I mean really good! But, it was also very strong, almost pungent. So, my next move was to mix a very small amount of it in with iced tea. Wow again! Delicious. We brew our own iced tea from tea bags, we don’t buy the manufactured, processed stuff. Mixing in a very small amount (about 5% passionfruit juice with 95% tea) of passionfruit juice really kicked up the flavor to a different level.
Feyma also enjoys eating the fruit, although I personally have not tried that yet. The juice is really a treat for me, so I have always stuck with that, although I am sure I’ll be trying it being eaten soon.
After just a couple of days, our 2 kilos of passionfruit were already gone, but we were craving for more! Yesterday, we went back to Malagos Farmhouse and bought another 10 kilos (wow, that’s 22 pounds!) of passionfruit. Last night my nieces juiced some of it for me (about half) and that produced a 330ml (about 11 ounces) bottle of passionfruit juice. I use it to mix with iced tea, or other drinks, making a unique flavor. 330ml sounds like a small amount of juice, but it is so strong that 330ml goes a long, long way, and that will last me at least a week, I think.
I was just doing some browsing on the net and found lots of recipes for different things using passionfruit. One that looked particularly good was a Mango and Passionfruit muffin. I think we’ll give that a try soon, because it sounds good.
So, now I have a new passion here in the Philippines… Passionfruit!
Oh, I can hear some of you already asking… how was the bleu cheese? Great too!