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Maracuya is a large round to oblong fruit with thick, bright yellow rinds. They are about 8 centimeters long and 4 centimeters wide. The skin is smooth and may be covered in light yellow specks. Mature fruits will be wrinkled and soft to the touch. Inside is a soft white pith and a large hollow cavity filled with brown, edible seeds encased in the bright yellow, gelatinous pulp. The pulp has an intensely sweet, floral aroma with an acidic taste and tropical flavor.
Maracuya is used in both raw and cooked applications. Freshly scooped pulp and seeds are eaten as is or used atop salads, and yogurts. The pulp is separated from the seeds through straining and the juice is sweetened and used for smoothies, juices, and desserts. The juice is added to dressings and used to make jams, jellies, and sauces. It adds color and tropical flavors when poured over cheesecake, or vanilla ice cream.
Maracuya will keep for up to 5 days at room temperature and up to two weeks in the refrigerator.