Curuba

Curuba

  • +Description

    Curuba also known as banana passion fruit, is a family member of the passiflora. The fruit looks somewhat like a straight, small banana with rounded ends. The skin is smooth, yellow and soft. The fruit contains a soft, orange flesh with a scattering of black edible seeds. Curuba has a sweet flavour.

  • +Availability

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    Curubas are available from Colombia

  • +Main nutrients

    Calcium, Iron, Niacin, Riboflavin, Sodium, Vitamin A and C.

Main varieties

  • Curuba

    Curuba

    The fruit looks somewhat like a straight, small banana with rounded ends. The skin is smooth, yellow and soft.

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Preparation

Preparation

Cut the fruit vertically into two halves. From here, scoop out the jelly-like pulp with a tablespoon. Now it is ready to be consumed, cooked or converted into juice. The skin is not eaten.

Consumption

Curuba is commonly eaten by itself. However it makes a wonderful jelly, pie filling or cake frosting. Seeds with the surrounding juice sacs are also often added to fruit salads.

When to eat

When the skin is still a bit green the fruit can be ripened at room temperature. When the fruit is yellow and fully ripe, keep refrigerated and consume within a few days.

Did you know?

  • In Hawaii Curuba is called Banana Poka.
  • In New Zealand curuba is mixed with Aguardiente, an anise drink.