Ok, here’s the deal: passion fruit is one of my favorite fruits. But it wasn’t always. It’s not that I acquired a more sophisticated taste as I grew up, it’s that I tasted the fruit for the first time when I was in seminary in England for two years. In England, they have passion fruits in fruit bowls with their apple and bananas. In America, I don’t think I had ever seen a real passion fruit before.
Once I moved to Israel, I saw that it was a pretty regular item around here too. You can get “passiflora” in your froyo and shakes and buy plenty of fresh passion fruit by the dozen when they are in season.
The sweet yet tangy flavor with the delicious edible seed crunch makes passion fruit a real palate pleaser and great addition to so many dishes.
I love the flavor it imparts in this tropical chicken. Try this one out for a satisfaction guaranteed gourmet twist at your next cook-out.
1. In a medium bowl, combine passion fruit puree, mango juice, lemon juice, rosemary, black pepper, olive oil, ginger and garlic.
2. Add chicken and let marinate overnight.
1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Add chicken to grill and cook for seven minutes per side.
In the United States, you can use frozen passion fruit puree, though today, you should be able to find passion fruit at higher-end supermarkets and farmers markets.