The hot weather is back! Time to switch from "winter-warming" soups and stews to chilled drinks and cooling soups.
Coolers are a great choice on hot days like these. For the next few posts, I will be sharing a few ideas to make refreshing coolers to counter the heat. Here's one of my all time favourite - Passionfruit cooler.
Passionfruit, sometimes called granadila or markisa in Indonesia, is one of my favourite fruits. I didn't know that it can be grown in tropical climate until several months ago, when we drove past a fruit farm on our way to a seaside resort and saw rows upon rows of vines with an abundant overhang of passionfruit. Hubby stopped the car by the roadside so I could snap a few quick photos.
|See the passionfruit vines at the top, propped up by green wires. |
The gnarly short "trees" below are dragonfruit plants.
|Abundance of passionfruit|
|Close-up of the fruit|
We love to eat the pulp straight from the fruit, and my son has also learned to enjoy it. It is rich in beta carotene, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and is known to be beneficial for people with high blood pressure.
Following is a bit of trivia I learned from wikipedia about passionfruit.
"..it is named by missionaries because the parts of the flower seemed reminiscent of the torture (the Passion) of Christ prior to his crucifixion:
- The three stigmas reflect the three nails in Jesus's hands and feet.
- The threads of the passion flower resemble the Crown of Thorns.
- The vine's tendrils are likened to the whips.
- The five anthers represented the five wounds.
- The ten petals and sepals regarded to resemble the Apostles (excluding Judas and Peter).
- The purple petals representing the purple robe used to mock Jesus' claim to kingship (Mt. 27:28)"
|Blue Passion Flower - showing most elements of the Christian symbolism.|
|I couldn't stop buying when I saw them at the supermarket |
(oh no, not another "bananas" episode! ;P)
|Eat the pulp straight if the passionfruit is fully ripened - it is really nice|
|Pure gloopy goodness|
- 1/2 cup of dry ginger ale (I use Schwepps Dry Ginger Ale)
- 1/2 cup of ice cream soda
- 1 sprig of mint leaves
- 2 tbspn of passion fruit pulp
- Lots of ice
1. Mix the dry ginger ale, ice cream soda, passion fruit pulp and ice cubes in a glass cup.
2. Add the sprig of mint leaves and bruise it slightly with a spoon to release the fragrant oils into the drink.
3. Top with loads of ice and serve immediately.