Well, once again I bring you another new (to me) and interesting fruit I’ve discovered in Ecuador – Passiflora ligularis, commonly known as the Sweet Granadilla or Grenadia (and simply referred to as “Granadilla” here locally). My friend, Jo, (one of my “Visa Angels“) and I were shopping in the fruit/veggie market in Jipijapa several weeks ago and she asked if I had ever tried one. I told her I had not, so she encouraged me to buy one and do so. It was several days before I finally partook, but now I am in love!!! So how do I describe this amazing fruit to you?
Granadillas are roughly the size of a tennis ball, are yellow/orange colored and have a smooth, hard (but thin) outer shell and a soft white interior that protects the seeds. The seeds are hard and black and are surrounded by a gelatin-like transparent pulp. The pulp has a soft, sweet taste similar to passion fruit, but is less tart/tangy and much sweeter. It also tastes similar to the flesh of a white grape. The taste is mild with a hint of citrus. Although the sweet pulp is considered to be the edible part, the seeds are also edible and I find them to have a wonderful, light crunch to them (and of course, are great for fiber), so I just scoop all the insides out with a spoon and eat it either directly from the fruit or a bowl. Since my original purchase, I have consumed many, many more and they have now become a staple item on my grocery list!
So there you have it – another delectable exotic fruit to tempt you with – I’m trying to give you every possible reason to want to come visit me! 🙂