A Taste of Passion

img_3267Passiflora edulis in Latin, Chinola in Dominican, Maracujá in Portuguese. It’s a wonder that the unique passion fruit has so many identities, although its essence remains the same: tangy, sweet, pulpy and dotted with seeds, which can make it a challenge to eat, but in its different manifestations, becomes a pleasure. Its pungent fragrance reminds me of lazy summers in the D.R.. Tall icy glasses of its juice would wait for me  as I came in from playing in the yard, sweaty and giddy and craving refreshment. As colorful as America’s beloved Sunny D, my Chinola juice would quench my thirst with its bright and summery punch.

I found it once again years later and miles away from home, on a trip to Brazil. Actually, it found me; mixed with the local cachaca to create an exotic version of the caipirinha. It became our signature drink, setting the stage many evenings, with a memorable one spent at a local posada where we indulged in a banquet of local dishes laid out over banana leaves in the middle of the rain forest. It paired exquisitely with the coconut-spiked moquecas and spicy chicken stews, luring us into a happy buoyant surreality until the sun and moon both shared the sky.

Then, once again, a few weekends ago, it reappeared. Here on the 22nd floor of a New York City apartment. It lit up our evening and arrived at our party dressed as a mousse. It was silky luscious creamy and evoked the scent of somewhere lush and warm, which, along with the jokes and friendly chatter, it comforted us from the city’s gray cold.

 So I bring you today, in an ode to passion, a quick and easy rendition of passionfruit mousse. 


1 can of condensed milk

1 can of “creme de leite”

80% of the same can measurement of passion fruit juice 

Blend and place in a bowl. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm. Garnish with mint leaves or some fruit syrup.

9 Responses to A Taste of Passion

  1. Pilar Palamara says:

    Eddy me envio tu artuculo, esta precioso!!Congratulaciones.
    Ahora quiero que pruebes mi berenjenas a la parmesana jajajajaaj
    un beso a tia!

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  3. Mea says:

    Nice work! I’ll have to do a cross post on this one 😉

  4. Tommasa says:

    Thanks a lot!! a very useful topic!!

  5. Sintara says:

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  6. Mea says:

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  7. Lena says:

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