happy late new year with an abundance of passion fruit

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Home | 12 Comments

Happy late new year my friends! I took a bit of a break from blogging as I took a break from everything. I’m so glad 2017 is behind us because it sucked. I’m not alone in this one I’m afraid. Universal intelligence strikes back! Another year of learnings, self-development and letting go. Lucky we’re all a work in progress. I’m not one to fixate on one year ending and another beginning but I must say it was psychologically helpful to put this one in the past. We started the new year in a little luxury cabin among the vineyards at a winery just outside of Stanthorpe. It was silent, still and calm. My new happy place. Before this turns into a therapy session (being an ex-therapist I could go on for hours really), I just want to wish everyone health, happiness and calm for the year ahead. I have a good feeling about this one.

Aside from last year’s existential crisis, my passionfruits (Passiflora edulis) are kicking arse thank you very much. Just so you know they take about 18 months to fruit but after that, this evergreen climber bangs out fruit like no tomorrow. Unlike me, it loves full sun, lots of water and climbing on a trellis with their tendrils. Passionfruit are low maintenance and a smart plant to grow for reaping the rewards without doing much. I only fertilize with chicken poo a couple of times a year. Passionfruit are ripe for the pickin’ if they turn a deep colour on the vine (or if they fall off you can put them aside to ripen). They are a good source of vitamins A (fab for your immune system), C (growth and repair of body tissues) and K (helps your blood to clot). Don’t forget potassium (helps to regulate blood pressure) and magnesium (for strong bones and regulation of muscle, heart and nerve function). Also lots of fibre in the seeds! My favourite way to eat passionfruit is with a spoon but check out my favourite passionfruit tart recipe x

12 Comments

  1. Function 9
    February 3, 2018

    I can’t wait for more passion fruit tarts!

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    • lostinutensils
      February 3, 2018

      Neither can I lol! I think I’ll be freezing some of the pulp though 🙂

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  2. sherry MacKay
    February 4, 2018

    oh i love passionfruit. that beautiful tartness. stanthorpe is one of our fave places to get away to, too:) We just got back from tasmania today and that is our absolute fave place to chill out. we are hoping for a better year this year too. 2017 really sucked. all the best for it. cheers sherry x

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    • lostinutensils
      February 4, 2018

      You can’t beat passion fruit in Summer! I’m so jealous you were in Tassie Sherry…the food, the weather! It’s one of my all time favorite places. Yep, this year will be a fab year for all of us x

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  3. Sam Rutherford
    February 8, 2018

    So jealous of those passionfuits jem! I need to grow them 🙂

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  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    February 11, 2018

    Sorry to hear that 2017 wasn’t a good year for you lovely! I agree, 2018 looks very promising 🙂 I’m a huge passionfruit lover too so I’m off next to check out your favourite passionfruit tart recipe.

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    • lostinutensils
      February 11, 2018

      Thanks Lorraine, 2018 is very promising indeed! I know you love passion fruits. They are so easy to love!

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  5. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    February 13, 2018

    All the best for an amazing 2018!

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