Maracuyá, the tangy, Latin American Golden Passionfruit, is a vine fruit with intense flavour which makes wonderful aromatic juice; sorbets or coulis to drizzle over ice-cream; pavlovas and cheesecakes. As versatile as lime, it draws out the flavour of other foods. Sweetened, it makes a nice spread. It is good for marinading venison or game.
Native to Brazil, the Jesuits found in the passionflower a symbol of the passion of Christ: the three nails; the purple robe; the crown of thorns and the twelve apostles.
Maracuyá contains Vitamins A, B & C, in particular B3 Niacin and Passiflorin, a mild sedative. In Latin America, a glass of Maracuyá may be given to hyperactive children to calm down before bed. 100ml Maracuyá pureé contain 48 calories.