The FRUITFUL search for answers
Have you ever wondered why passionfruit is called PASSIONFRUIT? Well, I have. I do question a lot of things so of course I needed to find out why this random fruit with a gluey fluid inside and a lot of seeds in it has a connection with passion. At first I thought – maybe there is a sexual association with it… Thinking that I couldn’t be more wrong!!
Passionfruit is related to CRUCIFIXION!
So it dates back to around 16th century when the Spanish catholic missionaries arrived to South America during the times of the colonisation and discovered the fruit for the first time. They looked at it and decided that the flower of the fruit resembled the five wounds of Jesus (there is 5 antenna-like things).
Makes sense? 🙂
If you think more about it, you may remember Mel Gibson’s film – ‘The Passion of the Christ’ (I don’t know why it is ‘THE Christ’ instead of just ‘Christ’… I haven’t heard of any other Christs in the world’s history…) So logically speaking – passion is basically crucifixion.
…and then there is THE PINEAPPLE = pine + apple (like if I haven’t talked enough about pineapple yet… 😉) Interestingly, it was discovered by Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe in 1493, during his second voyage to the New World. He arrived there, saw the fruit and named it ‘piña de indes’ – ‘pine of the Indians’ (because of the spiky leaves of course).
In fact pineapple really originates from South Brazil. It was cultivated by the Tupi-Guaraní Indian tribe, who called it ‘nanas’ which means ‘excellent fruit’. In many languages, including Polish, pineapple is called ‘ananas’ which now should make perfect sense to all of you reading this. The exceptions we have is piña (Spanish), abacaxi (Brazilian Portuguese) and pineapple (English). Or maybe you know other different names of a pineapple?
P.S. And all this because we had pineapple+passionfruit cake for dessert today…