COSTA RICA: Granadilla

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Hello friends. I think it might be time for an update post about how we are doing, adjusting, our home, the kids schooling, etc. I promise you I will have all these posts live before the holidays. Which holidays you ask? Good question (wink, wink)!

Are you ready to learn about another fruit available in Costa Rica?

When I first touched a Granadilla at the market I fell in love. It had a very smooth outside and its perfect sphere was pleasing to my designer eye. I even appreciated the minor imperfections on its surface. When I pressed my index finger into its outer layer it had a cushiony spring back. Hmmm, what did that mean? Was it hollow, it was rather light. Was there a small piece of fruit inside the middle? To my surprise I was way off on both accounts.

How does one eat this Granadilla? From the pictures online it appears that the locals cut it down the middle and scoop out the sweet seeds. I cut a small slit in the outer layer and peeled it back to reveal another softer and thinner skin. Next I peeled back the second skin to expose the seeds that were covered with a layer of goo. I am not going to pretend that the Granandilla looked appealing. I would compare it to fish eggs and lots of slime. Yuck!

I had a hard time convincing Avalon to give it a try (and this kid will try anything), but finally she and I took a bite of the nectary-sweet goo. I would compare its texture to that of a jello shot, minus the alcohol. I learned that it is of the passion fruit family and can be consumed, cooked or even converted into a juice. Although the Granadilla is normally eaten by itself it is also used in fruit salads, jelly and cake frosting (that sounds interesting). The skin is not eaten.

What did we do with it? As you can see from the video below Avalon was not too fond of it. I ate most of it myself and discarded the remaining shell. I am thinking this is not going to be a staple in our house, but it might be fun to convert it to a juice, it did have a lovely taste.

A special thank you to all of you who have serve your country and those who are currently in active duty. We appreciate your commitment to your country. Happy Veteran’s Day.


p.s. Video time!

COSTA RICA: Granadilla from Goodie Goodie Gumdrop on Vimeo.

COSTA RICA: Granadilla from Goodie Goodie Gumdrop on Vimeo.


2 thoughts on “COSTA RICA: Granadilla

  1. Granadilla is nasty. It’s sweet-tart cousin, maracuya, is much better. I usually make juice out of it, but last week a friend gave me a bag of them and I turned them into passion fruit curd. Delicious on waffles!

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