Burundi is a country obviously known for its bananas (if by obviously I mean we mention it a lot to people). We are also able to get pineapples, oranges, and mangoes in season. Apples are available as expensive imports from Kenya, and occasionally we'll find a watermelon or some gooseberries as well. It's not a huge variety (and boy do we miss berries of all sorts) but it's good. One of the available fruits that I haven't yet mentioned is something I had never tried before our arrival in Burundi: the passion fruit. It's also known locally as "maracuja." The fruit is slightly larger than the size of a golf ball and when ripe has a deep purple exterior. The inside is an orangish-yellow pulp with black seeds. To eat them, we cut them in half and suck out the inside, or use a spoon to scoop it out. It's a little bit tangy/tart and a little bit sweet, along the lines of citrus.
|Ben demonstrating the inside of a passion fruit|
|How many passion fruits can you see here? More than 15!|
|Passion fruit birthday cake|