Maracujá – Passion Fruit

This small and colourful fruit (Passiflora edulis, Maracujá in Portuguese) is native to Brazil, Paraguay and the north of Argentina. At Fazenda we’re proud to follow our roots and include it in many of our recipes. It’s flavour is tangy, with a hint of sweetness too.

At present maracujá is commercially planted in over 26 countries around the world, and its uses vary from medicinal (it is thought to lower blood pressure) to the most widely popular culinary ones in cakes, juices and even cocktails. Maracujá margarita anyone?

Its name is said to come from when Christian missionaries arrived in Latin America. To try and convert the indigenous inhabitants, they drew parallelisms between the maracuja flower and the Passion of Jesus Christ.  They said, among others, that the threads of the flower resembled the crown of thorns; that the 10 petals and sepals represented the 10 Apostles (excluding Judas and Peter) and that the 3 stigmas reflected the three nails in Jesus Christ’s hands and feet.

Maracujá (by Ronnie Brown Paulsen)

Maracujá (by Ronnie Brown Paulsen)

If you would like the recipe of our the maracujá mousse we used to have on our menu you can find it here.