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Passion Fruit Juice

I love the stuff and used to buy Looza brand passion fruit juice at my local grocery but have been told they've discontinued that flavor from their line. Now that I've started hunting for alternatives I'm not finding ANY passion fruit juice at all, having checked a number of stores in my area (Seattle). Wondering if hounds in other parts of the country are seeing passion fruit juice on grocery shelves, or maybe there's a severe shortage I just haven't heard about? Planned to include it as an ingredient in a recipe for publication, but now thinking twice if it's going to be near impossible to find. I know some tropical (often frozen) juice combos may include passion fruit but those tend to also be rather sweet and lose the pure character of the fruit. Meanwhile, I'll continue with the sleuthing, maybe going off the beaten track a bit.

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  1. I've seen a few bottled brands at Whole Foods.

    www.thelunchbelle.com

    1. I have a 'slab' of passion fruit pulp in the freezer, Goya brand from Columbia, which I bought from Plaza Latina, a small Latino shop in Shoreline (N of Seattle), 99/Aurora and 172 (more or less). The Latino shop in Pike Place is a likely candidate for a similar item. Sometimes it's imported from Brazil.

      This Seattle blogger
      http://laylita.com/recipes/2009/06/13...
      claims she found fresh fruit at Uwajimaya

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      1. re: paulj

        Thanks, I'll check those spots out. I do occasionally see fresh fruit around town, a delicious treat but bit of a fiddle to get enough juice for some recipes.

        1. re: cynbad

          I think Uwajimaya had them when I was there a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately they are usually about $3 each.

        2. re: paulj

          Just made some passionfruit juice using frozen pulp this weekend. It's sold as "maracuy√°." Tastes so much better than the canned stuff. You can add as much or as little sugar as you want. Not sure about Seattle, but it's in all the supermarkets here in Miami (and in Latin markets in NYC).
          Welch's passion fruit juice cocktail (I don't remember what other juices it has -- grape, apple, pear?) is also good. It's sold in the refrigerated juices section of grocery stores. Sounds like you would find it too sweet though.

        3. dang, i love those "looza" fruit juices. passionfruit is discontinued? bummer!!!!
          goya has that flavor, but nowhere near the quality of the looza.

          ~~~~~
          http://www.brazilgourmet.com/pages/pa... online, brazilian sourced-fruit

          ceres brand... http://www.ceresjuices.com/products/
          http://www.ceresjuices.com/index.html

          1. I buy the Goya cans and bottles all the time, they're available in every supermarket here in NY in the aisle with the "Spanish" and other ethnic foods. You might have to turn the bottle around, one side says "Passion Fruit" and the other side says "Maracuya".

            1. Check out "Perfect Puree of Napa Valley" (Culinary Traditions). If you know anyone who owns a restaurant, you might be able to get it through them at wholesale, but if not, you can either order it directly, order it through Amazon ($25 for a 30oz container...BUT, it's a whopping $30 for shipping if you order 3, $40 ADDITIONAL ($70 Total) if you order less then 3 (so obviously, don't bother!)...you'll probably want to order it in bulk), or surf their website to see if a local retailer sells the "Retail Size" (15oz jar). This stuff is the closest to the real thing, The reason shipping is so expensive is because they'll only ship overnight, since it's frozen (you'll also want to consider the weather when you order. Not a good idea to order during a heatwave! ';-)) I use it to make Marg's and Daiquiri's with my Daiquiri Whacker (Google it!) Enjoy!

              1. you can make an alternative of passion fruit juice you know? All you need to do is to reduce 1 cup of pure unsweetened pineapple juice (recommended: Delmonte) in a saucepan until you get the quantity of 1/2 cup, blend it together with ripe mango flesh of 1 mango in a blender until fine, strain the mixture to remove any mango fibers. You can store it in the freezer for 1 month then thaw it overnight in the fridge if you need it on the next day (double the recipe if you need more)(the concentrated pineapple juice that you've made is gonna block the sweetness of the mango, so you don't need to worry about it getting sweet all of a sudden)

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                1. re: Rika28

                  I think my SILs caterer used this recipe at her last party. They served Hurricanes made with some kind of pineapple juice. No thank you, what an unpleasant surprise. Have you ever tasted real passionfruit juice before you recommended this solution?

                  1. re: coll

                    I agree- there is NO way a super sweet combo of pineapple and mango comes anywhere close to the unique tart acidic sweet bright clean flavor of actual passionfruit juice....

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      unsweetened pineapple juice has a really sour taste you know (use homemade though), concentrating it will make it sour like lemon and keylime that will surely make you pucker up, combining it with mango will give the exotic taste of passionfruit. And by the way, i did say 100% pure pineapple juice right, it's not sweet as you are thinking, it's incredibly sour

                2. Note that in some South and Central American countries the Spanish word for "passionfruit" is "maracuja" while in others it is "parcha" so watch for either. In Chicago Goya has a small limited line of frozen tropical nectar concentrates (passionfruit, tamarind, guava, and soursop) that it distributes only through one small Hispanic market chain (Tony's Finer Foods)---if you can get to Chicago, Goya's frozen parcha nectar concentrate IS available at Tony's (as of April 2014). BTW parcha has twice as much Potassium as banana, according to the USDA online Nutrients Database.

                  1. I use either Goya (which I find in supermarkets in Latin neighborhoods) or Boiron.

                    http://www.bkfoods.com/store/product2...

                    1. A vine in my neighborhood fruited for 4 months from November thru February. This vine was 50 ft high producing yellow passion fruits that fell to the ground in massive quantities and rolling onto the road. I must have eaten 6 a day for weeks and weeks. Fortunately for me, only one other neighbor liked them, the house owners were sick of them and told me to take what I wanted. Heavenly.

                      I have the purple variety just flowering now, if we don't get heavy winds before May/June I should have a good crop of my own.