How To Eat Passion Fruit: 3 Simple Options

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Lemme guess–the closest you’ve come to passion fruit is a Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. Well, until recently, you and I were twinzies! In this blog post, I’ll tell you precisely how to eat passion fruit.

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Passion Fruit | Photo by Any Lane

How to Eat Passion Fruit

Passionfruit is a delicious exotic fruit that can be enjoyed in many different ways. The most popular way to enjoy its flavor is by juicing it, but you can also eat it raw or add it to smoothies, yogurt, or ice cream.

Read on to learn how to select and prepare passionfruit, some of my favorite ways to eat it, and more helpful information.

What is Passion Fruit?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of Passion Fruit’s popularity. This is mainly because of the introduction of the Passion Tea Lemonade at Starbucks in 2000. This sweet and tart drink is perfect for enjoying the passion fruit’s unique flavor.

Cross section of passion fruit
Cross section of passion fruit | Photo by Michael Kucharski

Passionfruits are smooth-skinned fruits found in tropical regions worldwide, particularly in South America. They come in different colored varieties, including yellow passion fruit, purple passion fruit, and even green passion fruit.

Passion fruit, aka passiflora edulis, is a vine species that grows in tropical and subtropical regions, mainly in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. It’s most well-known for its seedy fruit, which is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

What Does Passion Fruit Look Like?

Passion fruits usually are sphere-shaped, dark purple, and occasionally wrinkled fruits. The interior of passion fruit is a vibrant golden color with numerous black seeds. The fruit’s edible flesh has a tangy, sweet flavor and a powerful, tropical scent.

What Does Passion Fruit Taste Like?

Passion fruit has a delicious but tart flavor and a distinctive, sweet smell. Passionfruit is best served as a compliment to something sweet or creamy, though you can eat them alone if you don’t mind the tartness.

How to Prepare Passion Fruit

There are many easy ways to prepare a passion fruit, but these are my favorites.

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Scooping out passion fruit pulp | Photo by Any Lane

Method 1: Eat Passion Fruit Raw

My go-to method is to eat passion fruit raw. First, I cut it in half and scoop out the contents, bite-by-bite, with my spoon. Then, depending on the tartness level of the fruit, I’ll drizzle raw honey on top to add some needed sweetness.

Method 2: Make Passion Fruit Juice

If you’re not a fan of eating raw fruit (I mean, who is, REALLY?), you can make your own passion fruit juice! Simply strain the pulp and the seeds through a small kitchen strainer. Then, drink it as is, or add a bit of sweetener. Better yet, add it to a cocktail.

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Passion fruit cocktail | Photo by Denys Gromov

Method 3: Make Passion Fruit Jam or Jelly

You can also use passion fruit to make passion fruit compote, jam, or jelly. Passion fruit jelly makes an incredible topping for toast and crackers. Simply boil the passion fruit pulp with some lemon juice and sugar. Once it’s reduced a bit, add it to your blender and make a passion fruit puree.

If you’re feeling adventurous, add other fruits to your passion fruit jam. Fruits that go well with passion fruit are mango and pineapple.

My recipe for Strawberry Compote works for any fruit, so be sure to give it a read if compote sounds like a plan.

Are Passion Fruit Seeds Edible?

Yes! Passion fruit contains edible seeds, which are pretty tart but edible. Additionally, passion fruit seeds offer a pleasant crunch to whatever you sprinkle them on and are rich in magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

I’m all about pleasant crunches!

How to Cook With Passion Fruit

There are many ways to prepare a passion fruit that can be used in various dishes. For example, you could make a delicious cocktail with passion fruit by squeezing it through a sieve to make juice and adding your favorite alcohol.

It’s frequently used as a flavoring or topping for cheesecakes, regular cakes, and sweets like ice cream. It’s also common to add passion fruit to a salad or yogurt parfait for extra freshness.

Passion fruit growing on tree
Passion fruit growing on tree | Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh

When is Passion Fruit in Season?

Despite being a tropical fruit, passion fruit is often available all year long. However, they are more plentiful in the warmer months. Therefore, early summer through the winter is when passion fruit is the most abundant.

How to Store Passion Fruit

The best way to preserve passion fruit is to keep it in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. It can stay fresh for up to a month this way.

Passionfruit can also be frozen whole. Just be sure to defrost it in the refrigerator before eating. Alternately, you can scoop out the pulp and freeze it in ice cube trays before transferring it to a container or bag that can be stored in the freezer.

Passionfruit can be frozen safely for up to three months in an air-tight container.

Are Passion Fruits Healthy?

According to Healthline.com, passion fruit is a terrific option if you’re looking for a healthy snack. It’s an excellent complement to a nutritious, balanced diet because it is low in calories and abundant in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants.

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Where Can I Buy Passion Fruit?

In the United States, passion fruit should be easy to come by in your local (or non-local…I’m not one to location-shame people) grocery store or farmer’s market. If you live in California, Florida, or Hawaii, just walk outside and look for a passion fruit tree. It’s your reward for such a high cost of living.

But, if you’re a fan of convenience, like me, order it on Amazon!

How Do I Know When Passion Fruit is Ripe?

If you’re in the grocery store, you can check a passion fruit’s ripeness by applying slight pressure to the fruit. Like avocados and mangos, you should feel the passion fruit flesh sink in slightly when you squeeze it.

If you happen to be foraging through passion fruit groves in Florida (who doesn’t?), you’ll find them on the ground. Like apples and oranges, passion fruit drops off the fruit tree when most ripe.

Fruit Fact: The Nellie Kelly passion fruit variety, which grows best in cooler areas, can take a bit longer to ripen than the Sweetheart variety during the summer.

Summary

The most popular way to enjoy passion fruit is by juicing it. Alternatively, you can add it to smoothies, yogurt, or ice cream for a sweet and tangy treat. Passionfruit is available year-round, but they’re definitely more plentiful (and better tasting) in the warmer months.

Passionfruit is an excellent complement to a nutritious, balanced diet. It’s low in calories and abundant in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. Passion fruit is also a good source of vitamins A and C and dietary fibers.

So what are you waiting for? Let your therapist know you’re finally ready to face your fears and give Passion Fruit a chance.

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