Prep Time: 5 Mins
½ cup fresh passionfruit pulp (approx. 7 – 8 fresh passionfruit)
500g watermelon flesh
¼ cup lime juice (60 ml)
120ml silver tequila
60ml triple sec (orange liquor)
Blend watermelon flesh until very smooth. Pass juice through a sieve if desired, discarding any solids.
Add watermelon juice, passionfruit pulp, lime juice, tequila and triple sec to a jug with a handful of ice. Stir well.
Pour salt onto a small plate to ½ cm depth. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and dip immediately into the salt. Fill the salt-rimmed glass with ice, repeat lime and salt rim with remaining glasses.
Divide margarita mixture across the glasses, garnish with watermelon and lime to serve.
For a mocktail alternative: omit the tequila and triple sec, add ¼ cup (60ml) fresh orange juice and 1 cup (250ml) sparkling water. Skip step 3, as the salt is not required.
Australian passionfruit is set for another flush over the cooler months, bringing a fresh taste of summer into your favourite winter meals. The sweet and tangy fruit has a winter peak which sees passionfruit ripe and abundant when the temperature drops.
Passionfruit grower, Tina Macpherson, says from early June Aussies can expect to see an abundance of fruit in store to enjoy.
"Following a dry summer, rains in February have seen all the major growing regions enjoying a healthy winter crop that's yielding deliciously plump and juicy fruit," says Tina.
"After a slower start to the season we're happy to see plenty of fruit on the vines and are excited to supply Aussies with a bit of passion throughout winter."
Winter is the ideal time of year to add a splash of passionfruit as it contains vitamin C, a known immune booster to help keep your body fighting fit during the cooler months. It's also a good source of gut-loving fibre, while being low in kilojoules.
To celebrate the bountiful winter crop, Tina has shared her top tips for enjoying Aussie passionfruit:
Snack happy – Did you know ripe passionfruit can be opened with your bare hands? When passionfruit cravings kick in, simply place the passionfruit between your palms, clasp your fingers together and push your palms towards each other to break the passionfruit skin, then pry it open with your fingers. It's the yummiest on-the-go snack!
Breakfast boost – Simmer passionfruit pulp and honey in a saucepan for a delicious sauce to top your morning porridge, or pancakes, for a great winter breakfast.
Warming treats – Passionfruit pairs perfectly with baked goods. Add passionfruit pulp to muffins, sponge cakes and even sweet baked pies for a delicious, tangy flavour.
Sweet & savoury - Combine fresh passionfruit with soy sauce, finely grated ginger and sugar for a mouth-watering marinade. Pour it over your chosen meat and cook on the BBQ for a sizzling dish that everyone will love.
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Photo by Jennifer Jenner