Gotcha! It's not about M & M chocolate, but Markisa & Mojito :-)
Markisa (ie. Passionfruit) is one of my fruits passion. Other than Durian, Mango, Soursop, etc...
So, for those who have never eaten Markisa as a fruit, be adventuruos and try it out this weekend. It's fun and can be quite a mouthful. Markisa as a juice is one yummy thirst quencher! My aunt and grandma used to make this when I was young and they would keep them in concentrated juice form in the fridge so that a mere few spoonful of it with ice water, viola, it magically turned into my best childhood cocktail (virgin, that is ;-)! I used to be so fascinated by it as a child of 5 or 6!
Years have passed since I have had this drink since I left Indonesia for quite some time now. But Markisa still holds a fond memory for me. Images of my bicycle, cousins, playgrounds all come into mind when I think about this drink. How interesting something so tiny as a fruit could bring back years of memories! Interesting fruit :-)
To spice this fruit up, one can actually make it into a Markisa Mojito. As with other mojito you will need Rum. I love rum as well. Something I picked up in great quantity when I went to Cuba a few years back. The Havana Club ones are great!
So, here's the recipe for Markisa Mojito:
75 ml Havana Club® dark rum (3 year old) 1 tsp (heaped) Muscovado sugar 6 lime wedges 10 - 12 mint leaves 25 ml passion-fruit puree 50 ml soda 2/3 of a glass crushed ice
CRUSH WELL, lime, sugar, soda, 8 to 10 limes leaves anda tea spoon of crushed ice, THEN ADD, ice, passion fruit and rum, THEN, mix vigerously for one minute, and garnish with rest of mint and a straw.
The muscovado sugar is part of a mojito's unique taste, if you find it too sweet use less sugar add more lime!!
Passiflora edulis or passion fruit is a plant cultivated commercially in frost-free areas for its fruit. It is native to South America and widely grown in India, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia,Peru, California, Florida, Hawaii, Australia, East Africa, Israel and South Africa. The passion fruit is round to oval, yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a soft to firm, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds. The fruit can be grown to eat or for its juice, which is often added to other fruit juices to enhance aroma.
The two types of passion fruit have clearly differing exterior appearances. The bright yellow variety of passion fruit, which is also known as the Golden Passionfruit, can grow up to the size of a grapefruit, has a smooth, glossy, light and airy rind, and has been used as a rootstock for the purple passion fruit in Australia. The dark purple passion fruit is smaller than a lemon.
The purple varieties of the fruit reportedly have traces of cyanogenic glycosides in the skin, and hence are mildly poisonous. However, the thick, hard skin is hardly edible.
These forms of Passiflora edulis have been found to be different species. They occur in different climate regions in nature and bloom at different times of day. The purple fruited species is self fertile and the yellow fruited species, despite claims to the contrary, is self sterile. It requires two clones for pollination.
Fresh passion fruit is high in vitamin A, potassium, and ...