Frederick Passion Fruit

January 12th, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you always wanted to pick your nose and eat the boogers (we will just pretend you don’t do this every day in private), then this Frederick Passion Fruit is the fruit for you!

APPEARANCE Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Extremely wrinkled, purplish, greenish, reddish oval fruit about the size of the palm of my hand (I know you don’t really know how big that is, just guess). Bright yellow goo (flesh) with dark seeds.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★★

Exotic and heady. I want to bathe in this smell.

TEXTURE Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Gelatinous and seedy with a good amount of juice. Extremely odd texture compared to most fruit.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Pretty tart, in fact I would say it comes dangerously close to being sour. Tropical and pineapple-y and lemon-y and delicious.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

This is one instance where my structured rating system sort of fails me. I largely rate on snackability and this one is pretty low as far as that goes. Plus it looks hideous, has an extremely odd texture and is lobbying for the “most annoying seeds of all time” award (other competitors: Wonderful Pomegranate and Cocktail Grapefruit). However, it tastes completely amazing. I’ve never had anything like it and I want to sprinkle a little bit of it into everything I am drinking, pour it on top of ice cream, dip cookies in it, spread it on grilled cheese sandwiches and – oh my it is just delicious. I am smitten.

FRUIT

Passion Fruit

VARIETY

Frederick

PEAK

All Year (intermittent)

ORIGIN

South America

GROWN

Vista, CA

PURCHASED

Farmer’s Market

NOTES

I am struggling to write notes on this because seeing the word “Frederick” next to “Passion” reminds me clearly of Frederick’s of Hollywood. But the interesting folklore about passion fruit is all about how the flower is a representation of Christ and the Crucifixion Somehow it seems inappropriate to talk about both of these things in such close proximity. Oh well–too late now.

WHERE TO GET THEM

You can buy Passion Fruit at some standard grocery stores and local specialty stores and online here. If you get them online, a small amount will go to support the Fruit Maven. So thanks in advance!

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