Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Passion Fruit Agua Fresca

Passion fruit is sweet, fragrant, and a little sour. Its flavour is wonderfully exotic and its scent will perfume your whole kitchen. Cutting into one is easy with a serrated knife - just be sure not to spill its contents! The bright jelly is packed with seeds which, although perfectly edible, I am not a fan. A quick straining through a seive solves this problem. My staple fruits are apples, pears, bananas, and dates, but sometimes I'll find tropical fruits on-sale in the discounted/past-due section. As this batch of fruit was on the brink of spoiling, I scooped out the jelly (seeds and all) and spooned it into ice cube trays. The next day I had little passion fruit cubes ready to flavour water or blend into a drink. The recipe below is very easy to make. Chia seeds fortify and thicken the mix; while stevia, or even half a banana, is a healthy way to balance passion fruit's sourness.

Passion Fruit Agua Fresca:

Serves 2

Blend all ingredients together for one minute. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and serve. Garnish with chia seeds, and a little spoon of the fruit pulp.

  • 5 passion fruit, cut in half and scooped out *bonus pre-frozen 
  • 1.5 tbs chia seeds 
  • 2 tsp grated lime zest
  • 3 cups water 
  • ice 
  • Stevia drops or agave to taste 

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