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Honest to Goodness : Passionfruit

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Words, recipe & photos: Samantha Gowing

“The Truth is Out There”

You know passionfruit, turmeric and eggs are not normally ingredients who play together, however during my last confession to the Honesty Box I found two out of three sitting side by side. Turmeric and passionfruit are kinda yellow so I reckoned they’d blend up well with a few egg yolks and make a cracker of an accompaniment to a handful of local grilled prawns or a slab of Tassie salmon – both were excellent.

Passionfruit, an obvious aphrodisiac, also has powerful healing properties including antioxidant and anti-fungal activity and has been used by Amazonian tribes for centuries for its sedating powers and pain relief.

Like its little sister ginger, turmeric is a tuberous rhizome – a root plant with fleshy extended stems that run just under the ground and produce shoots and roots for new plants. A handsome plant that can grown up to five or six feet with a large yellow and white flower spike surrounded by long leaves.

Medicinally, turmeric has been used as a liver tonic, blood purifier and continues to be useful for a variety of skin conditions and minor injuries. It is celebrated for its powerful antioxidant component called curcumin, which has been noted as having anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.

In addition, turmeric has been used in connection with the following conditions and symptoms:

  • Digestive disorders – Curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric, induces the flow of bile, which breaks down fats
  • Arthritis – Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent that relieves the aches and pains associated with arthritis
  • Cancer – Curcumin has shown to decrease symptoms of skin cancers and reduced the incidence of chemically caused breast cancer in lab animals 
  • Bacterial infection – The herb’s volatile oil functions as an external antibiotic, preventing bacterial infection in wounds

Recipe 1 – Tweed prawns with turmeric passion aioli                 Yields about 3 cups

The sweetness of the passionfruit really lifts the depth of flavour of this pretty yellow aioli.
Serve with a salad of beautiful butter lettuce, macadamias and avocado that you’ll probably find in an Honesty Box.

3 egg yolks
250mls macadamia oil
3 cloves garlic, roasted
1 large lemon, juice and zest
1 teaspoon turmeric finely grated
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
2 passionfruit, pulp only

12 large extra fresh, large green prawns, unpeeled
2 tablespoons balsamic glaze (avail in fancy food stores)
1 teaspoon oil
Wedges of fresh lemon or lime



  • Whisk egg yolks with lemon juice and zest
  • Add turmeric, salt and pepper then passionfruit
  • Gradually drizzle in macadamia oil and continue to whisk
  • Briskly until aioli starts to thicken
  • Refrigerate until required


  • Marinate prawns for about 20 minutes in balsamic
  • Heat oil in a skillet or fire up the BBQ
  • Add prawns and grill over moderate to high heat until the prawns are orange and tender
  • Serve warm with a finger bowl, a wedge of lemon or lime and plenty of aioli

Recipe 2 – Tickety Boo Turmeric Tonic
Feeling the chill? This special tonic is the perfect pick-me-up to keep your immunity in tiptop shape. Its rich golden yellow hue comes from the beta-carotene.


1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon raw, unfiltered honey
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
Hot water


  • Select the central body of the turmeric (called the mother), wash, peel and grate into a teapot
  • Top up with hot water, allow to steep for 5 minutes
  • Strain and mix with honey, lemon or lime juice to taste

For more recipes and healthy living, visit Sam Gowings website – www.samanthagowing.com

Samantha Gowing is a therapeutic chef, motivational mentor and an award-winning clinical nutritionist who has been in practice for more than a decade. She founded Gowings Food Health Wealth in 2000 – a business service that celebrates seasonal, local and organic superfoods by way of her globally sought after Surf Spa Food programs that encompass her passion as a renowned teacher of Food as Medicine and her unique wellness business systems. Prior to her wellness career, she enjoyed a highly successful stint as a multi-award winning restaurateur and hotelier of the historic Grace Darling Hotel in Collingwood, Victoria. During her 28 years experience in the health and hospitality industries she has written and spoken extensively about food, nutrition and wellness for magazines, newspapers, radio, conferences and online arenas. Born, bred and raised in the inner city of Melbourne, Sam now lives in Byron Bay where she enjoys the beautiful beaches, great surf and revered produce and lifestyle of the Northern Rivers region. She writes a popular gluten free recipe blog called Bitter Sweet Sour (http://bittersweetsour.com) Sam is the Head Chef and Mentor at Australia’s newest luxury health destination Cabarita Ocean Retreat. (www.cabaritaoceanretreat.com.au)


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