Lilikoi, AKA Passion Fruit

Aloha,

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Everyday there is something to pick from the garden. Right now it's mostly Lilikoi and Starfruit. Next month the Tangelos will start to ripen. The lilikoi vine growing right outside my door gets alot of attention with regular pruning and sufficient water.  Inside the fruit on this vine, the color is more orange than the common yellow and naturally a bit sweeter. Though they are very attractive when first picked, if one can be patient enough to let them wrinkle up  their tartness will sweeten a bit.  When it wrinkles the inside loosens from the hard rind and the flavor ripens.

The islands are full of recipes that offer creative and delicious preparations with this unique fruit. Spooning the inside onto a screen and pressing the seeds against the screen allows the tart jelly to separate . Cheesecake toppings, jellies, sorbets ,refreshing ice teas or cold lilikoi juice are just a few treats made from fresh passion fruit.

Lilikoi, AKA Passion Flower

Lilikoi, AKA Passion Flower

Winter fruit is surprisingly varied. I find an abundant bounty in my yard as we move towards the winter months.  I go out with a basket in the morning looking for ripe guavas, lilikoi, star fruit , avocado and the delicious and creamy cherimoya. My guests are always happy to try something new during the shared breakfast experience. One my personal favorites is still creamy avocado and chili pepper jelly on toast. 

Let's Do Breakfast!

Aloha,

Cherie

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