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You may have tasted passion fruit, which is sweet and sour. But what about Maracuja fruit? It is not that different, as it belongs to the passion fruit family and is known as the ‘yellow passion fruit’. Simply, passion fruit has two main varieties, which are maracuja and granadilla. Maracuja is in the color yellowish-green and is the size of a small apple. It gets wrinkles when the fruit gets ripe. Moreover, when you hold the maracuja, you’ll feel the weight. But you may wonder, what it tastes like, whether it is good for you,  and how to eat it. 

Let’s talk about maracuja fruit along with some delicious recipes you can make with maracuja fruit. 

Maracuja fruit

This is an exotic fruit and is suitable for desserts that need ingredients to counterbalance the sweet components.  Almost one-third of the fruit is composed of water.

Maracuja fruit is native to Brazil and found in parts like Argentina, Paraguay, and Colombia. But it is hard to find this fruit in the United States. 

So what more should you know about this exotic fruit?

What you should know about maracuja fruit? 

As said above, this fruit belongs to the passion fruit family with features of being leathery and inedible.  Inside the fruit, you will find yellow-orange pulp full of small edible seeds.  When the maracuja fruit gets ripped, the skin becomes wrinkled. Therefore, the consumers would misunderstand the fruit to be rotten.  But in actual fact, a ripe maracuja shows the fineness of the fruit and contains important nutrients. 

It is grown in South America, and maracuja is a Spanish word that translates to passion fruit. This fruit is less known by people because the passion fruit consumed by North Americans used to be purple in color. 

This fruit is yellow in color, and usually, bright yellow or yellowish-green and a little wrinkly when ripe. Before it gets ripped, the fruit looks plump and smooth but after it is ready to eat, it becomes wrinkled in appearance. It is juicy and surrounds a core consisting of 250 small dark-brown seeds. The seeds are considered to be beneficial for good health and contain a lot of polyunsaturated fatty acids. This yellow fruit is used almost by the fruit-juice producers. Generally, it is larger than the purple passion fruit. 

The fruit would be roughly around 4 to 5 cm (1.5 to 2 in) wide and 7 or 8 cm (2.5 to 3 in) long. The flavor of maracuja is refreshing and a tart flavor. They are often used as a fruit supplement in fancy dishes due to their taste. They add an exotic note to salad dressings, sauces, and poultry dishes. It is simply a tart-sweet snack that contains vitamin C as well as Niacin and riboflavin. Maracuja juice is an often-used ingredient in fruit juices, smoothies, and beverages that is also added in pure form to cocktails. 

How it is grown?

Maracuja harvest

Maracuja plants would produce year-round once they reach the fruit-growing stage.  This happens 6 to 7 months after planting.  The leaves of the maracuja plant change regularly and the vines on which the maracuja grows will always stay green. The plant grows to be 2 to 3 years old and grows several meters high.

If the fruit starts to color from green to yellow, the skin will feel smoother and a yellow ring is visible on the trunk, then it is time for the maracuja to be harvested.

Difference between Maracuja and passion fruit 

Maracuja and passion fruit are similar and this misleads people that they are the same fruit. The fruit seems to belong to the passion flower family and both are plum berries. 

passion fruit

Although both the fruits look similar, there are small and clearly recognizable differences. Maracujas have smooth skin with a yellow-greenish color, while passion fruits are reddish to purple. You will find it to be juicy, and slimy inside the fruit and it contains sun-yellow seeds that taste amazing and aromatic. Maracuja is often used to give sweet fruit juices a finely sour taste. 

The true fact is, that both the fruits are delicious and worth tasting. 

How to eat the fruit?

It is best to slice the fruit and open it. You need to cut the fruit in half, from stem to the bottom or you can cut the top off the fruit and scoop out the insides.  You need to remove the seeds and pulp and eat it separately.  Once the skin in the fruit has creased, it’s ripe and ready to eat.  The Brazilians use this fruit to eat in their desserts like ice cream, fruit salad, and pie.  If you try then you’ll find an exotic twist to the dessert. 

They are used in both raw and cooked applications. The pulp and seeds are used in top salads, parfaits, and yogurts. You can use a strainer to separate the seeds and the juice can be used for other food items like smoothies, sherbet, and sorbet. The juice can be added to dressings and used to make jellies, jams, and sauces. It can be kept for up to 5 days at room temperature and for up to weeks in the refrigerator. 

What are the benefits of eating Maracuja fruit? 

It is low in calories and is naturally rich in fiber.  The fruit also consists of potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamin C.  Moldova they are good for helping the growth of the hair healthier while improving the eyesight.

It contains vitamin C, carotene, and cryptoxanthin,  which are nutrients that help to boost the immune system.  The vitamin C that contains in the fruit helps to stimulate the white blood cell activity, resulting in a strong immune system and protection. 

This fruit is a  variety of passion fruit supporting weight loss.  It consists of fiber and may help you to feel fuller for a long period. Although it has no direct link between fruit aid weight loss, you can add it as a part of your weight loss diet. 

This is full of antioxidants and the body uses it to make blood vessels, muscles, collagen, and cartilage.  And so it helps to keep the skin looking young.  It also helps your body to heal and protects the cell from damage.  You will have a low chance of getting cold and certain types of cancer if you consume vitamin C from this fruit.

The pulp and the seeds inside the fruit have 8% of the vitamin A that you need every day.  It will help you to keep your eyes healthy and increases the health of cells. 

It is loaded with heart-healthy potassium and is low in sodium. When you eat the fruit with the seeds,  it is healthier because of the fiber content.  It helps to remove excess cholesterol from the inside of blood vessels.  This high-fiber diet reduces the person’s risk of heart disease.  Moreover, it will help you to normalize your blood pressure because diets that are low in sodium and rich in potassium will decrease your blood pressure.

Maracuja fruit recipes

Just like passion fruit, the maracuja fruit is also delicious fruit to spoon out and makes an ideal snack. More than that you can do so much with that fruit. 

Mousse do Maracuja (Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse)

This recipe is creamy and known as the Brazilian passion fruit mousse that is incredibly easy to make. It just needs a few ingredients to make in less than 10 minutes. 

Ingredients

How to make

Beat the heavy cream by using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer until it holds stiff peaks. Take a separate large bowl, and whisk together the passion fruit pulp in addition to the condensed milk.  Then gradually bit by bit, fold the whipped cream into the passion fruit mixture.  Fill the individual bowls or glasses with mousse.  Before serving,  refrigerate it for at least 2 hours.  And then top with desired garnishes.

Maracuja ice cream

maracuja ice cream

For sauce 

How to make

Put the heavy cream in the freezer for 10 to 20 minutes, to make it super cold. 

Take the sweeten condensed milk and maracuja fruit juice and whisk it together thoroughly to make the ice cream. Whip the heavy cream for 3 minutes using the hand or a stand mixture until it holds stiff, billowy peaks. 

Make the whipping speed low and add the maracuja fruit and the sweet condensed milk mixture. Mix it well until combined. Transfer the ice cream mixture to a freezer-safe container. Cover with a piece of wax paper, while pressing it against the surface to prevent the forming of ice crystals. 

Freeze it for at least six hours, or up to 2 weeks,  The longer you let it freeze, the more firm the ice cream would become. You can drizzle the sauce over the ice cream before serving.

Make the sauce

To make the fruit sauce,  take a saucepan and combine the passion fruit pulp, salt, and some sugar.  Cook the mixture in medium-low heat until it gets taken slightly.  Take the cornstarch that was dissolved in water and add it to the mixture and cook for a couple of minutes longer until it gets thickened.  Remove from the Heat and let it cool to room temperature.  Transfer to the fridge and chill for at least one hour before serving.  You can keep it in the fridge for up to a week. 

Maracuja smoothie

This smoothie is refreshing and has irresistibly creamy. This is made by combining the fresh mango and fruity orange juice sweeten with aromatic honey. 

Ingredients

How to make

Cut the passion fruit into halves and scoop out the flesh with a teaspoon. Pass it through a sieve. Place the passion fruit pulp in a blender with the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. Keep it in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 

Pour the smoothie into glasses. And add 0.5 teaspoons of yogurt to each of the glasses and stir it with a straw. Serve the smoothie with garnished lemon balm.

Maracuja jellies 

Ingredients 

How to make

Prepare the calcium water. Put ½ teaspoon of calcium powder, and ½ cup of water in a small jar with a lid. Shake it well before using. Fill the water bath canner to a level and bring it to a boil. 

While it is heating, wash and rinse the jars. Bring the lids and rings to a low simmer. Turn off the heat, and let it stand in the hot water. Measure the passion fruit juice and prepare the calcium water into a large stock pot. Stir frequently and bring it to a boil.

Combine sugar and pectin in a bowl, and Stir very thoroughly to prevent clumping. When the juice boils, add the sugar mixture and stir thoroughly to dissolve the pectin. Return to boil for about 5 minutes and turn off the heat. Skim off the foam to give a pretty look.

 

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