How about a Barbadine Punch (Giant Granadilla Punch)? The Giant Granadilla (passiflora quadrangularis L.) also known locally as Barbadine, is one of the more exotic fruits grown on the island. It's not as common as oranges or apples, but when you see one , you can't miss it because it is large. The fleshy yet somewhat delicate fruit grows to almost 1 foot in length by 6 inches wide and can weigh anywhere upwards of a pound. It comes from a fast-growing , woody vine. The vine climbs trees to a height of 33 to 50 feet. You will get this fruit mainly between July and August.
A Tasty Barbadine Punch
The pleasant scent of a ripe barbadine is one you can't miss at all. It perfumes the whole room it is in with its lovely, fruity, aroma. We are not making a fruit salad, but today we're going to be using the Barbadine (giant granadilla) for its pleasant scent; we have a better use for it! ...and one you would enjoy I assure you.
Here in Trinidad and Tobago we have two uses for the giant granadilla when making drinks; we use it for juices or, in today's case, in a punch. The barbadine punch recipe is similar to the soursop punch where we will be extracting the pulp and then adding the rest of ingredients. Just like the soursop punch the pleasant aroma permeates the punch making it a splendid complement to any meal ..Well, except soup!...or even by itself. Lately, I found a special way to use the barbadine punch, but you would have to wait at the end of the post to see what it is.
You can use this fruit to make jellies or Jams as well. It can be made from just the ripe pulp or added with other fruits such as pineapple, paw paw, or banana to make the jelly or jam. Plus, the unripe fruit can be boiled or steam and served as a vegetable.
As usual the barbadine (giant granadilla) punch did not last as long as I would like; you just can't be satisfied with one glass of barbadine punch! So before you start sharing, ( in a whispered voice) make sure and pour your glass of barbadine punch first or give everyone half glass and tell them you only made a little bit 😀
Enjoy barbadine (giant granadilla) punch.
Barbadine Punch Recipe
1 ripe barbadine (giant granadilla)
2 cups full cream milk
2 cups evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
Peel the thin outer skin and cut in half. Remove the parchment-like material on the inner part of the fruit as well.
Use a spoon to take out the seeds and set aside.
Remove the pulp and place in a bowl. Take out as much pulp from the seeds as possible.
The barbadine pulp is ready to be used. Blend the pulp together with the milk.
Note: This may have to be done in two parts so you may want to blend half of the pulp with 1 cup of the milk each.
Pour out in a bowl and sweeten with the sugar. You can adjust sweetness to taste. Afterward, pour the liquid through a strainer to ensure that the punch has a smooth consistency.
The finished punch. Refrigerate or serve with ice.
OK, this is my new and special use I was talking about. For breakfast, I had cereal with my barbadine punch. Nice combination!
See you soon! Well, I hope you enjoyed the barbadine punch recipe.
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Barbadine (Giant Granadilla) Punch
- Peel the thin outer skin and cut in half. Remove the pulp and place in a bowl. Take out as much pulp from the seeds as possible. Blend the pulp together with the milk.
- Note: This may have to be done in two parts so you may want to blend half of the pulp with 1 cup of the milk each.
- Pour out in a bowl and sweeten with the sugar. Adjust sweetness to taste. Pour the liquid through a strainer to ensure that the punch has a smooth consistency.
- Refrigerate or serve with ice