Passion, I See, is Catching

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passionfruit_wrinkledMr. Brown is in the kitchen, head down, looking for a spork. Ms. Bright walks into the room and heads to The FruitGuys crate. They smile at one another, nervous to acknowledge the habit they have both fallen into of sharing Twinings Tea every Tuesday at two. Ms. Bright winks, and Mr. Brown trips into the microwave. While a red welt grows on his forehead and the small oven hums in defrost mode, she reaches into The FruitGuys crate and sighs. “The passion is almost gone,” she says quietly to herself.

Mr. Brown flusters over the stop button and frantically straightens his bunched-up vest. He hopes he misheard her. “But we discussed the stomach-coating properties of peppermint last week,” he says softly. He walks closer and speaks in a whisper, “I confided that chamomile was the only thing outside of my mother’s voice that helps me get to sleep.” Ms. Bright looks up. “I was talking about the passion fruit,” she says. “White Dove Farm’s acre and a half of passion fruit will be gone soon. We need to enjoy that beautifully unique and strange-looking fruit from their organic vines while we can.” Ms. Bright is on the verge of tears. “Don’t cry,” Mr. Brown says, trying to comfort her. “There are all sorts of wonderful pears and apples and other fruits this week.” He reaches into his pocket to pull out his handkerchief and rips out the lining of his pants.

At The FruitGuys, we’re all a bit sensitive about fruit and we often shed a tear when a short growing season is upon us. So seize the moment—and the passion. The lovely passion fruit from John Koman’s Ventura County–based White Dove Farm is ready to eat when wrinkly and fragrant. We recommend that you give these fruits a few days to “wrinkle-up” and deflate for best taste. Passion fruits are very aromatic with colors ranging from yellow to purple and bright to faded. Just cut them in half and scoop out the sweet-tart insides (including the seeds—they are edible and provide lots of fiber). Eat it straight with a spork or try it over yogurt. You can learn all about John’s wonderful growing practices and philosophy in our “Meet the Farmers” video. And see what’s in your regional mix by clicking on the ladybug icon on The Fruit Guys' home page or by visiting our mix pages.

Enjoy and be fruitful!

—Chris Mittelstaedt chris@fruitguys.com

 

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