How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion Fruit: A Photographic Guide

How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion Fruit: A Photographic GuideThought to be native to southern Brazil, passion fruit are named for the bloom of the spectacular passion fruit flower, not for the fruit itself.  It’s believed that Spanish missionaries thought parts of the flower resembled different religious symbols.
How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion FruitChoose passion fruit that feels a bit heavy for its size — it should look plump, despite any wrinkles in the skin.  Wrinkled skin is okay, in fact it’s great!  It’s usually the sign of a very ripe passion fruit.How to Eat and Use Passion Fruit If your passion fruit’s skin is totally smooth, it’s a good idea to let it ripen for a few days at room temperature.  Ripe passion fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or so.
How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion Fruit1. Simply slice the fruit in half.

How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion FruitSome people describe the flavor of passion fruit as the true taste and essence of the tropics.  The pulp of a purple passion fruit is golden yellow and intensely aromatic — the flavor ranges from sweet-tart to very tart.

How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion Fruit2. Use a small spoon to scoop the pulp from its skin.

How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion FruitPassion fruit pulp is gelatinous and full of small dark seeds.

3.  Add the pulp to a small bowl and gently heat it to liquify it a bit — this will make it much easier to strain.  Now you can strain the warmed pulp through a fine sieve to remove the seeds.  If the juice doesn’t seem to be going through, use the back of a spoon to put pressure on the pulp and seeds.

How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion FruitI love every step of this process, especially the the wonderful scent of the fruit seeping into the air around me.  It’s truly amazing, and it begins the minute you cut into the fruit.

How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion FruitI think the empty skins of passion fruit are stunning.

How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion FruitThis luscious juice can be used in sweet or savory sauces, in salad dressings, as a marinade, in cocktails, cheesecakes, ice cream,  sweet mousses, and more.How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion FruitIt’s also quite common to eat the Passion Fruit seeds.  They can add crunch to salads and are often used as garnish over a recipe that includes the juice.  And some simply eat everything together, right out of the skin, with a spoon.  It’s too tart for me though — I love it mostly in desserts when it’s made sweeter.  (And personally, I’m not a fan of the seeds — but I’m also not a fan of pomegranate seeds so maybe it’s me.)

How to Cut, Eat, and Juice Passion FruitPassion fruit is now grown in Australia, California, Florida, New Zealand and Hawaii, and other parts of the tropics. Depending on its location, passion fruit are available almost all year.

ENJOY!                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you to Melissa’s Produce for sending me passion fruit for recipe testing and for Valentine’s Day.

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    • valentina says

      It makes a huge difference to warm it up – so much easier. And you want every drop of that juice. It’s like gold!

  1. says

    Wow, Valentina! How beautiful was that tutorial?! I have never tasted a passion fruit, or cooked with one, so that was perfect for me. I would totally use those skins as a way of serving a passion fruit dessert! Can’t wait for my first passion fruit experience now!

  2. says

    Beautiful pics, Valentina!
    I love that you introduce us to very interesting fruits & veggies.

    We have several passionfruit vines growing in our backyard. Shawn freezes the nectar.
    Then he makes a cordial/sharbat/syrup with the juice. Add a bit of fizzy water and you have a healthy, tasty soda pop!

  3. Yvan says

    Would you be able to give an estimate of the quantities ? (how much pulp extract do you get on average for 1 fruit ? or how many fruits do you use to get say 100 gr of it ?)

    • valentina says

      Hi there. That’s a great question, and the next time I’m using a passion fruit, I’ll measure the juice of a few of them to get the average amount. Then I’ll post it here. Sorry I don’t have the answer at the moment. 🙂

  4. Patricia says

    I’m wondering the same thing as Yvan and would love to know how many fruit to make, say a cup of nectar..I’m guessing quite a few given there size.
    Just found this site…love it!

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