Inside Fierce Fruit: Introducing the Maracuya (Golden Passion Fruit)
What is Maracuya?: A Beginner’s Guide
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In this blog post, we'll be exploring what maracuya is and how you can use it! Also known as the golden passion fruit, maracuya has a bright yellow rind and an equally bright yellow pulp. It’s a tropical fruit belonging to the passiflora family and is the cousin of the curuba. There are a ton of uses for this passion fruit. Watch our video below:
If you love passion fruit, you might already have an idea of what maracuya is. This golden variety has the recognizable “passion fruit” flavor — an intensely sweet and floral aroma with a potent sour taste. This variety is typically found in Central and South America and is actually a little bit sourer than the gulupa (purple passion fruit).
The maracuya is very high in vitamins, especially Vitamin C, Niacin, and Riboflavin.
Maracuya Passion Fruit Uses
One taste of your new cocktails, beers, or other passion fruit brews will have guests clamoring to know what maracuya is. You can add it to recipes for a delicious tart flavor or even eat it almost as-is for an ultra-healthy snack!
If you want to, you can cut the maracuya in half, treat the rind as a bowl, and eat it straight with a spoon. We recommend sprinkling a little sugar or sweetener on top to cut through the tart flavor, and some people have also been known to add a little cream.
Maracuya is also the perfect complement for a wide variety of fruit beers, from cream ales to IPAs. Consider adding lactose when brewing to round out the flavor. This will provide a full taste that can stand up to food and allow you to appreciate other aspects of the beer.
Fun Facts About The Maracuya
Maracuya is available during the winter and summer months and is cultivated throughout Australia, India, South America, and Hawaii. Alongside the more “traditional” purple passion fruit, it’s one of the only passion fruits commercially grown by humans.
Also, technically, the maracuya is a type of berry known as a pepo!
Start Brewing with Maracuya
With all of this knowledge, you don’t need to wonder what maracuya is, but you may be eager to find some for yourself! Don’t worry — Fierce Fruit has you covered with our delicious passion fruit puree that’s perfect for beer, cider, mead, and more.
Check out our blog for the latest brewing inspiration and to see more of Inside Fierce Fruit!