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For this week’s market madness, I bring you the taxo, also known as a banana passion fruit. However, I highly doubt that anyone knows what a banana passion fruit is either. Not to worry, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this little gem found nearly year-round in markets throughout the Andes region.

Appearance: About 4-5 inches in length, the skin is yellow like a banana. Inside hundreds of small seeds can be found covered in a slimy dark orange fruit (similar to a passion fruit or last week’s granadilla)

Taste: Taxos have a tart, acidic taste that makes you pucker just a bit. I recommend eating taxo in the form of juice or ice cream and with lots of sugar. The seeds inside make the fruit a bit tedious to eat raw.

Cost: 3-4/50¢

Preparation: Scoop out the fruit and seeds from the skin, discard the skin.

Juice:

1. For one glass of juice, prepare 3 taxos, 1 cup of milk or water, and 1 tbsp of sugar.

2. In a blender, mix everything.

3. When well mixed, use a strainer to separate the seeds from the juice.

5. Pour into your favorite whiskey glass (just to really show your Ecuadorian-ness).

4. Buen provecho!

Depending on how sour/sweet you like your juice, you can add more/less sugar. If prepared with milk, its best not to leave it set for too long as the taxo is acidic and it will start to separate from the milk.

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