The granadilla came into my life on Day 2 of The Fruit Adventurer family’s trip to Guatemala. We were sitting on a bench, eating ice cream in Antigua’s Parque Central. Vendors kept approaching us, pushing everything from jewelry, wooden flutes, scarves and textiles. We said “no, gracias” more times than we could count.
But then, a lady with a basket of fruit on her head approached us. You know me… I was into what she was selling. She had some oranges, but what I was really interested in was an orangy-green fruit shaped like an egg. I pointed to it, and she said “Si, granadilla.” I immediately entered negotiations and wound up with five granadillas for 5 Quetzales.
The fruit lady showed me how to eat the granadilla, and now I will share this fruity wisdom with you!
To eat a granadilla, you hit the granadilla over a hard surface to crack the shell, just like you would crack an egg:
You then pull open the outer shell to reveal an alien-looking mass of gelatinous seeds:
You slurp the seeds up out of the shell, and swallow the cool, sweet, jelly-like fruit:
And that is all there is to it!
After the lady showed me how to eat the granadilla, I followed suit. And I was in love. The granadilla is my new favorite fruit! It is a cool and refreshing treat on a hot day. It’s very portable and easy to eat, so it makes a great on-the-go snack. And best of all, it is sweet and delicious, tasting like a passionfruit without any of the sourness.
I don’t know if it was because I was now on a granadilla hunt, but I encountered them everywhere in Guatemala. In many ways, my trip to Guatemala was all about the granadilla. Whether I was enjoying city life in Antigua, relaxing by Lake Atitlan in San Pedro or climbing the Mayan ruins at Tikal, I was always eating a granadilla.
Now that I’m back home, I’m missing the granadilla like crazy. I have to get planning my next trip so that I can taste those cool, gelatinous seeds again.
Are there fruits that you miss when you are not traveling? Do you wish you could get your favorite fruits at home? Or is it better to keep them waiting for you in far off lands, as an incentive to travel? Let me know in the comments!