Inside Fierce Fruit: Introducing the Badea (Giant Granadilla)
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In this blog post, we'll be introducing you to the badea fruit, also known as the giant passion fruit or granadilla. It's a tropical fruit, in the Passiflores family along with the curuba and maracuya, but surprisingly doesn't taste like the common passion fruit!
Did you know that the giant granadilla is almost extinct because the new generations aren't used to eating this every day? That's such a shame because it is so delicious! Watch our video below to find out more:
If we had to compare the taste of the badea fruit with another passion fruit, the closest comparison would be to the curuba, which has a sort of hybrid peach-passion fruit taste to it. Imagine that, and then add a melon-y flavor to round it out.
The sourness of the giant granadilla is quite low compared to the other members of the Passiflores family, and the sweetness is quite low, too! But it's full of strong flavors that work wonderfully in any brewing project.
The giant passion fruit is very high in the ABC vitamins as well as minerals. It’s particularly well-known for its combination of Vitamin C and Iron since having extra Vitamin C makes it easier for the body to absorb the Iron. Plus, it has about as many antioxidants as a heaping handful of blueberries.
Common Ways To Eat The Badea Fruit
To create juice from the giant granadilla, put the seeds and pulp into a blender, blend for no more than 30 seconds on low, then strain out the seeds. You don’t want to get sharp seed pieces mixed in with the rest of the juice. Add a little water and some cane sugar, and voilà! You have a light, healthy, and refreshing juice for any hot summer day.
- 1 large giant passion fruit
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/2 can or 3/4 cups of condensed milk
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
- 2 cups of full cream milk
- Dash of Angostura bitters
Combine all of these so they’re thoroughly mixed, and you end up with a sweet, creamy punch made from giant granadilla! We recommend that you chill it for one to two hours after blending and then serve with ice cubes as it tastes best served cool. It’s easy and delicious to drink on its own, or you can add a little of your favorite alcohol to make it a true cocktail.
Recipe from Taste of Trini.
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