The Portuguese word for Passion fruit is Maracuja. The Passion Fruit is by far one the most popular fruit produced on the Azores islands. Introduced to the region in the 18th century and prized for it’s sweet tropical taste and unique flavoring in desserts and juices makes this unique fruit produced in the Azores one of the finest agricultural assets to the islands. Designated one of the official certified national products of the Azores, the Passion fruit is popularly known as the fruit of tranquility and is known to calm and relax the body and mind. I have no idea if this is true or not however I do know that everything that seems to be produced with the passion fruits from the region are tasty, sweet and refreshing.
The pulp is used in many local sorbets, ice creams and in juices. It is hard to find any local Azorean brands that do not incorporate this special fruit in their line of products.
The Yocor yogurt company uses it for their yogurts, which I must say are the best yogurts I have ever tasted. The local dairy and fresh passion fruit in these morning snacks make them something I never leave the store without. The local liquor company A Mulher de Capote on the island of Sao Miguel produces sweet liquors with the flavors of the fruits from the islands; most notably the pineapple, blackberry & passion fruit flavors being the most popular with tourists and locals alike. The liqueurs are perfect to do as a shot, to sip over ice and have even been known to make the perfect blend in a tropical punch cocktail! I would recommend anyone who is visiting these islands to make sure they try the local fruit either from one of the many fruit trucks that circulate on the island with fresh, local produce daily or in one of the town markets or grocery stores. It is always best to check or ask where the fruit is grown and not to be mistaken with imports.
The Azores are an island paradise filled with mineral rich soil, an abundance of sunlight and just the right amount of rain needed to produce a wide spectrum of fruits and vegetables. The sweet fruits of the Azorean islands should be enjoyed by all who come to these magical islands so you to can experience the delightful flavours of the region.
Top Portuguese Products with Passion Fruit:
- Sumol – Maracuja – Carbonated Passion Fruit Beverage
- Kima – Maracuja – Carbonated Passion Fruit Beverage
- Compal- Maracuja – Passion Fruit Juice with 20 Passion Fruits per bottle
- Yocur – Yogurts and Dairy Drinks Maracuja Flavor
- Mulher de Capote – Maracuja Liquour
- Gelado da Gorreana – Maracuja Flavor Ice cream at Cha Gorreana tea plantation