Passion fruit are an incredibly delicious tropical fruit with a scent that's out of this world. Their juice is quite tart and subtly sweet. Used in desserts, it's absolutely dreamy! It's easy and fun to learn how to juice and how to eat passion fruit.
Have you ever wondered how to eat passion fruit? Or what to do with its juice?
Once you know, you'll want to get your hands on this amazingly aromatic, luscious tropical fruit every time they're in season.
Let's learn how to eat passion fruits, how to tell when they're ripe, how to store them, and everything else in between.
Passion fruit is also called Maracuya (Spanish), Grenadille (French), Maracujá (Portuguese), Lilikoi (Hawaiian), and Chinola (Dominican Spanish.)
How to Tell if Passion Fruit is Ripe
- Wrinkled skin is fantastic -- that's how we know it's ripe. Wait to use them until they're on the wrinkled side.
- If the skin is smooth, let it ripen at room temperature. As with most fruits, they should not be refrigerated to ripen. (Once they're ripe, passion fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or so.)
- Choose passion fruit that feels a bit heavy for its size.
How to Juice Passion Fruit
- Slice the passion fruits in half. I find this is easiest with a serrated knife.- Use a small spoon to scoop the pulp from its skin.
- Add it to a small pot and gently heat it to liquefy it a bit — this will make it much easier to strain.
- If the juice doesn’t seem to be going through, use the back of a spoon to press down on the pulp and seeds.
The juice is now ready for all sorts of recipes.
How to Eat Passion Fruit
There are so many possibilities when it comes to how to use passion fruit . . .
- It's amazing in all sorts of desserts -- cheesecakes, chocolates, ice cream and mousse.
- It's delicious in salad dressings.
- You can use it in a marinade for chicken or fish.
- Mixologists use passion fruit juice in tropical drinks. Check out this beautiful one!
- It's common to eat the seeds, which add a crunch to salads and are often used as garnish over a recipe that includes the juice.
- Passion fruit can be used in savory sauces, and for a sweet sauce, just add sugar or honey to 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 a bit sweeter.)
How much juice is in one passion fruit?
There isn't one answer for this because no two passion fruit are alike. They can vary in size and even when they're close in size, the amount of pulp can vary.
Here's the lowdown . . .
1¼-pounds of ripe, fresh passion fruit yields about 1 cup of pulp, and if you strain the seeds out, there should be about ½ cup juice. (Since they vary in size, it's impossible to say exactly how many passion fruits this is, but it should be about 10 to 12, that are on the larger side.)
What does passion fruit taste like?
- Some people describe the flavor of passion fruit as the true taste and essence of the tropics. I'd have to agree with this. In fact, the scent alone sends my mind to the tropics.
- The pulp of a purple passion fruit is golden yellow and intensely aromatic -- the flavor ranges from sweet-tart to very tart.
- Passion fruit pulp is gelatinous and full of small dark seeds.
The tropical scent is truly amazing, and it begins the minute you cut into the fruit.
Where does Passion Fruit Grow?
Thought to be native to southern Brazil, passion fruit is now grown in Australia, California, Florida, New Zealand and Hawaii, and other parts of the tropics.
When is it in season?
Depending on their location, passion fruit are available almost all year, though mainly mid-summer through winter.
Passion Fruit Juice
- 8 medium-sized passion fruits
- Slice the passion fruits in half.
- Use a small spoon to scoop the pulp from their skin and add it to a small pot and gently heat it to liquefy it a bit — this will make it much easier to strain.
- 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 press down on the pulp and seeds.
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Judy at Two Broads Abroad
Stunning photos that provided a sensual journey. Thanks.
So easy. Thanks for the tip!
Great tip heating the pulp before straining! I've been leery about getting this fruit before but now I can't wait to go at it.
It makes a huge difference to warm it up - so much easier. And you want every drop of that juice. It's like gold!
Nancy Rose Eisman
Thanks for the great guide and photos, but especially for the virtual scratch/sniff experience!
Nancy, I always love your comments. Thank you! xo
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!
Thank you! Good minds think alike! I made Passion Fruit Mousse and presented it in the skins (posting soon). xo
I would love to find an ice cream recipe for this.
You can turn this passion fruit mousse into ice cream. 🙂 Enjoy!
Simply stir the Passion Fruit juice a bowl of Vanilla Ice Cream. Cut up a half Banana for added flavor.
I like to simply scoop the fresh pulp directly over vanilla ice cream, seeds and all! The tangy fruit blends well with the vanilla ice creaminess, and the seeds add a surprise crunch!
Delicious, Jimson! 🙂 ~Valentina
Such an enchanting post! Passion fruit never looked as lush and inviting!
Thanks Deb! 🙂
Coco in the Kitchen
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!
Does Shawn want to start a garden behind our house? 😉 That's awesome! And aren't the flowers so beautiful!?
I can totally do this! Terrific tutorial - thanks.
Of course you can! I'm in love with the juice, and you will be, too.
I can't wait to get some!
The juice is soooo good, but the skin is the beautiful part. 🙂
David Scott Allen
I will go look now! I just got a recipe in Chile for a “maracuya” tart. Can’t wait to play its passion fruit but they are so hard to find in Tucson!
So fun! Hope you come across them! Thanks and have a delightful weekend, David. 🙂 ~Valentina
wow, great photos and great post. I just love passion fruit and your article makes me want to start my morning with refreshing Passion fruit cocktail. Thanks
Fantastic presentation. Thank you.
Thank you! 😀
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
What a fabulous guide, Valentina! I don't use passion fruit a whole lot, but I know that when I do, I'll have to refer to this 🙂 That colour is just gorgeous too! So vibrant! Have a lovely week ahead, my friend.
Thanks so much, Dawn. I love that golden color, too! 🙂 ~Valentina
David @ Spiced
What a great tutorial, Valentina! I love passion fruit, but we rarely (if ever) actually see whole passion fruit around here. If I ever get lucky and stumble across some, then I'm totally coming back to this post so I know how to juice 'em! 🙂
Well then I hope you stumble upon them. 😉 Thanks so much! ~Valentina
What a great tutorial! I never knew how to do this and you've made it super easy to follow. Looking forward to trying your method! Pinning! xo
Thanks, Kim. And for the pin, too. 😀
I have a great big sprawling passionfruit vine, I almost never get fruit though because the squirrels eat the blossoms! GREG
Those pesky squirrels! The know a pretty flower when they see one. 😉
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
This is so interesting and amazing. I don't know if I've actually had a passion fruit before. I am definitely missing out!
Kathy, I hope you can get your hands on some. They're truly special. 🙂 ~Valentina
I enjoy passion fruit, but have never prepared it at home. Thanks so much for your tips and inspiration, Valentina!
Hope you try it, Marissa. 🙂 Enjoy! ~Valentina
One of the best ways to enjoy passion fruit is to make passion fruit curd/butter. Made the same way as lemon butter. I often make fruit butters using the super easy quick micro wave method. Takes less than ten minutes. I keep the seeds in because I like the extra crunch but if you want you can strain them out and only use the juice. Delicious!
Maria, that sounds amazing. I will try it for sure. Thanks you! 🙂 ~Valentina
Such a great tutorial Valentina! I usually use frozen but I know the fresh tastes so much better! Now, off the find some passionfruit!!!
In and around Santa Monica, they're at all of the Farmers Markets right now. Hope you find some where you are. Thank you. 🙂 ~Valentina
We have some growing on a fence, would like to know is the inside suppose to be runny?
Hi Catherine, Thanks for writing in. Yes, it should be runny, though it's more or less held together by the seeds. If the skin is wrinkled on the outside of the fruit, it's good to go. Enjoy and thanks for visiting Cooking On The Weekends! 🙂 ~Valentina
Geography in play again - in Australia we naturally eat passionfruit every day throughput the year . . . indeed I would have ten of the fruit to each apple and pear 🙂 ! Best just cut in halves with a spoon in the other hand ! Absolutely beautiful . . . have a couple of dozen ripening in my fruit bowl at the moment. Valentina - for me the seeds and thick pulp are the best and nutritionally most valuable part of the fruit . . . truly I would feel like a veritable criminal if I did not use them first !! Geography and it being part of all our lives . . .
Hi Eha! I love that you eat these beauties daily and that their preferred over apples (for you). 😀 You'll be happy to know that yesterday I ate one with a spoon, in its entirety -- The seeds are growing on me. And I love them in my cheesecake recipe, too. 🙂 ~Valentina
Have you ever just canned the juice for later use? I substitute lilikoi juice for milk and double the sugar in my cheese cake recipe. I would like to share it with my friends that are not lucky enough to grow their own.
Sounds delicious! I don't have a lot of experience with canning, but you should be able to freeze the juice and save it for a few months. Hope this helps and thanks for writing in. 🙂 ~Valentina
Passion fruit has just become available here in the past couple of years and most over my way haven't a clue what to do with it. Well, now I know, thanks for the tutorial...
Hi Ron! So great you can get passion fruit there! You'll have to introduce everyone to it. 🙂 ~Valentina
Passion fruit is not something I come across very often, but now when I do, this is a great guide to reference! I love all sorts of fruits and veggies and usually try to have a bunch on hand at all times. I love the idea of putting the passion fruit juice in a marinade. I bet that would add SO much flavour!
Thanks so much, Dawn. Enjoy! 🙂 ~Valentina