Pick Your Passion

I’ve written about our recent trip to Hawaii in a couple of other blogs. The last blog in this “Food category” was about discovering Sharwil avocados and how wonderful they are. But we also enjoyed another fruit—yellow passionfruit. It is a favorite of Hawaiians and they call it, Lilikoi.

Lilikoi is a tropical fruit that we found all around the RoJo coffee farm where we stayed while on the big island of Hawaii. When the seeds of purple passionfruit first came to Hawaii from Australia in 1880, they were planted in East Maui in the District of Lilikoi and that name stayed with the fruit. The University of Hawaii chose passionfruit as the most promising crop for development. And by 1958, there were 1,200 acres of primarily yellow passionfruit, and the industry was firmly established.

The lilikoi vine is a shallow rooted perennial, displaying beautiful, fragrant flowers, 2 to 3 inches wide. The fruit is nearly round, approximately 1 1/2 to 3 inches wide.

During our time on the farm, we would mix the passionfruit pulp with lemon and drink it in the morning. It is not only delicious, cutting the tartness of the lemon, but also very healthy and cleansing for the body.


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