Saturdays Score

Farmers Market Produce

 

Another great Saturday at the Otago Farmers Market in #gigatowndunedin .
This weeks great purchase were Heirloom Green Tomatoes, Romanesco Broccoli, Purple Curly Kale and end of season fresh Raspberries.
Watch this space as I create some delicious meals and chutney perfect for the cupboard or gifting to friends.
— at Otago Farmers Market

Watch this space as the creating starts to happen

Heirloom Green Tomatoes  End of Season Raspberries

The Banana Passionfruit

 

Banana Passionfruit    Passiflora mollissima Bailey- Banana Passionfruit

Passiflora mollissima Bailey – Banana Passionfruit

Most of you may ask , What is a Banana Passionfruit?

Banana Passionfruit

Well here it goes, Passiflora mollissima Bailey is a climbing vine that produces a banana shaped fruit that starts of green and ripens into a yellow lush fruit having an inside of a yellow pulp with black seeds very similar to its relative the Passionfruit.  It has a slightly milder flavour to its relative the Passionfruit but holds very fragrant notes. Perfect for sauces, fruit salads, drinks making curds and many more.

 

The banana passionfruit is native and commonly found in the wild in Andean valleys from Venezuela and eastern Colombia to Bolivia and Peru.  It is believed to have been domesticated only shortly before the Spanish Conquest.  Today it is commonly cultivated and the fruits, which are highly favored, are regularly sold in local markets.  In 1920, the United States Department of Agriculture received seeds from Guayaquil, Ecuador (S.P.I. No. 51205), and from Bogotá, Colombia (S.P.I. No. 54399).  The vine is grown in California as an ornamental under the name “softleaf passionflower”.  It has never succeeded in Florida; is grown to some extent in Hawaii and the State of Madras, India.  The climate of New Zealand seems highly suitable for it and it has been grown there, more or less commercially, for several decades. (Morton, 1987)

New Zealand gave Passiflora mollissima Bailey it a very fitting and appealing name of; Banana Passionfruit. (Morton, 1987)
In New Zealand from the months of March/April through to September the Banana Passionfruit crop is ripening and  thriving, ready to be picked and eaten. The Banana Passionfruit can handle brief drops in temperature and has acclimatized well to the New Zealand environment. Found all over the country from Otago to the Waikato and beyond the Banana Passionfruit is a creeping vine that grows over trees, power lines, fences and in many different locations.

I have many plants growing all over my garden here in Dunedin, Otago New Zealand and decided I would harvest them and create an easy, carefree dessert.

Banana Passion

Banana Passion

Here is a easy carefree dessert using freshly picked Banana Passionfruit I created this week. A simply delicious fragrant fruit sauce served over moist cake crumb topped with seeded pulp and toasted thread coconut. Simple Easy and Delicious.

Ingredients:
8 Banana Passionfruit
2 tbsp. White sugar
2 tbsp. Water
2 tbsp. Thread coconut
1/2 cup. Cake crumb/scraps

Method:

  1. Cut Banana Passionfruit in half length ways and remove pulp and seeds.
  2. In a pot combine pulp and seeds, sugar, water. Bring to a gentle simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring to avoid sticking.
  3. Strain the mix into a clean bowl, press the seeds to remove as much liquid as possible.
  4. Return the strained liquid to the heat and reduce to form a thickened sauce. Cool.
  5. In a dry pot, over a medium heat toast coconut, constantly stirring until a light brown colour is achieved and becomes fragrant. (be careful it can burn quickly)
  6. In a tall glass place cake crumb/scrap and top with the fresh Banana Passionfruit sauce followed by a spoonful of the pulpy seeds and a sprinkle of toasted thread coconut.

Yield: 1/4 cup. Banana Passionfruit sauce.

Banana Passionfruit

Pulp and seeds of Banana Passionfruit

Straining the seeds

Banana Passion

Source of information: Morton, J. (1987). Banana passionfruit. (pp. 332-333). Miami, FL:  Retrieved from http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/banana_passion_fruit.html

People, Place and AMAZING Produce

Otago Farmers Market

Taste before you buy Southern Gold Peaches Delicous

Otago New Zealand is home to one of the largest Farmers Markets in New Zealand , where vendors come from all around the Otago region to sell their amazing produce to the people of Dunedin. I strongly believe that if you have a farmer’s market in your town, city or near by you should definitely head down and support the local growers and vendors that give a piece of their life and hard work to the community.

It’s not only the produce that makes it a great place but its the people , all greeting you with a smile and are willing to go above and beyond to share stories and talk about their products and produce. There is a strong sense of community at the Dunedin farmers market. A place that is welcoming and makes you feel very comfortable.

I went down to the market as I do most Saturdays to purchase my weekly fresh fruit and veges. I love to create tasty dishes with fresh local ingredients giving my piece back to the community by spending my money there rather than at a commercial supermarket.

This week I purchased some beautiful Southern Gold Peaches , I got to taste these peaches before I purchased them which I love , you can’t do that at the Supermarket!! All peaches have a different flavour and trying before you buy gives you a sense of the taste and bursts of flavour before you purchase. With my Southern Gold peaches  I am going  to make a white chocolate velvet cake with fresh stewed peaches which I will be posting about tomorrow and sharing the recipe.

If you have not been down to your local farmers market I suggest you do so! Everything is a great affordable price, top quality and full of a welcoming community of local growers.

Go on give it a go!!

Check back tomorrow for my recipe using my delicious Southern Gold Peaches.