Sunday, October 11, 2009

Passion Fruit

Have you ever tasted passion fruit? Well, if you have, you probably were expecting to be transformed into momentary bliss, but then when the moment you saw the fruit, and then had the fruit brush your tongue, you realized you had been hoodwinked. The image and expectation of its name doesn’t come close to reality.

It is not a very tasty(to MOST people) or is it very pretty. And it clearly does not induce or create any passion at all.
Nada.
None.
Disappointment = 10, Passion = 0.

In fact, very few people (except Amander) will eat the darn fruit at all. The fruit is used mostly for juice but the more valuable part of the plant is the leaves and flowers. This part of the plant is transformed to medicines, such as sedatives, sleeping aids, and even ways to reduce blood pressure.

So why does it carry such a beautiful name as “Passion Fruit”?

Well, apparently it received that name from a bunch of Catholic missionaries who brought the fruit from South America back to Europe and being a God fearing bunch of blokes, they saw the vine with tainted religious eyes. They saw the plant as a “symbol of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus, and the five stamens of the stem represented the wounds” given to Jesus upon his death. They also saw the five petals and five sepals as the ten apostles (excluding Judas and Peter) and the three stigmas for the nails on the cross of Jesus”. (It sounds like they didn't get out much).

WOW. This changes the entire expectation of what this poor fruit is supposed to be. Passion fruit was named after the passion of Christ.

I guess what this means is that the fruit that continues to evoke more passion than any other fruit is still the banana. Go figure.

4 comments:

Amander said...

You know what's funny? I LOVE passion fruit. I've never had it in the united states, but when I was in costa rica a month ago I probably ate around 40 in ten days. They are so good!

AnotherQ said...

WHAT????? You love that fruit! I will need to update my blog that there is now ONE person who likes passion fruit!

Kathy G said...

Wow! I didn't know the history of passion fruit. Thanks for teaching me something today.

AnotherQ said...

Thanks. It is interesting to find out the history of things.