Inexpensive source for passionfruit / lilikoi flavor, recommendations?
I'm looking for an inexpensive way to get a lot of passionfruit flavor since the fruit is too expensive out here. Can anyone recommend good sources and brands to look for? location is pacific northwest.
ie. syrup or Asian brand canned stuff or whatever works
Thanks in advance!
Finding anything passion fruit in the mainland is hard or expensive, so I tried a bottle of the Passion Fruit Syrup by Torani or by Da Vinci, that you would use to flavor drinks, coffees, shave ice, etc. Bars and restaurants use these to flavor their alcohol drinks. It works beautifully in desserts, iced tea, flavoring whipped cream, making salad dressings, etc. I also use it to soak cake layers, before frosting the cake with a coconut, cream cheese icing...wow! it takes you back to Kauai, sipping a passion fruit margarita, at sunset!
If you just want the flavor, I would look to buy Brazilian "maracuja" juice concentrate which comes in glass bottles with a plastic cap (suco de maracuja concentrado not the boxed pre-made juices). Its very handy to make passionfruit mousse, candies, etc. Where to buy in the Pacific Northwest is a bit harder, but in Seattle you could ask at Samba Brazilian Restaurant or they can be bought online for a bit of a premium DaFruita is one brand commonly available. Restaurants are good because they tend to use it both to make juice but also for desserts. Also does the Goya or La Fe frozen pulp (maracuya, parcha) not work for your dish as it really isn't that expensive and should be more available in the PNW (in other areas of the country its worth seeking out the Brazilian imported pulp at a Butcher or market because its better, but only available in specialty markets). Instead of an essence for truffles and other items I have used fairly inexpensive Portuguese passion fruit liqueur from the Azores, but that is presumably more common in the Bay area and on the East Coast.