Is that a plum or a nectarine? Is that a peach? It is not, it is passion fruit! Passion fruit has an intriguing and mysterious name, but what really is it? How does it taste? Do you know the best way to consume it? I enjoy trying new fruits and revisiting old favorites. Passion fruit is one of my preferred tropical fruits.
Have you tasted passion fruit before? Maybe you have had it in smoothies from Jamba Juice or anything similar? Or perhaps they grow in your area? I will explain where passion fruit originates from and how it tastes in this post. I will also tell you about the health advantages and how to eat it. Are you ready? It is time to explore the fascinating world of passion fruit!
Passion fruit is produced by the passion fruit vine, which is a climbing vine with stunning blooms. Christian missionaries are said to have given the vine its name after seeing that sections of the blooms resembled Christian teachings about Christ’s resurrection.
As you might know, passion fruit is purple or golden yellow in colour. Sacs with orange-colored liquid and tiny, crunchy seeds can be found inside passion fruit. Purple passion fruit may be found in areas of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. The origins of yellow passion fruit are unknown.
Although passion fruit is classified as a tropical fruit, it is among the most delicious. Indeed, certain tropical fruits, such as dragon fruit and star fruit, don’t have a strong flavor, but passion fruit is special.
Passion fruit is frequently seen in fruit salads, as well as ice cream flavors, amongst peaches, mangoes, berries, and bananas. The passion fruit is three inches in length and spherical. The fruit has a thick, waxy skin that wrinkles as it ripens. Pulp is the name given to this juice mixture.
Passion fruit has a delicious, tangy flavor that is similar to a mix of peach, mango, and pineapple. It is delicious and tangy, but if you do not obtain a really ripe one, it will be primarily tart. Passion fruit has a very strong fragrance, which adds to its freshness, sweetness and citrus scent.
The seeds and pulp of the fruit are edible, and you may buy it in syrup form. Passion fruit is delicious because it has just the perfect amount of sharpness to balance out the sweetness. It can be used in a lot of sweets, ice creams, pies, drinks, syrups, and other things.
Passion fruit is beneficial to your health! It has a low fat content and is high in dietary fiber. Did you know that 12.5 grams of dietary fiber is found in half a cup of raw purple passion fruit? Purple passion fruit decreased heart disease risk markers (including systolic blood pressure or fasting blood glucose) in patients with type 2 diabetes, as shown in a research.
Purple passion fruit peel extract was proven to be an excellent alternative therapy for people with asthma in a study. The extract reduced wheezing, difficulty breathing, and coughing in individuals with asthma, according to the research.
Did you know that these fruits are quite simple to consume? When they are plump and hefty for their size, they are ripe. Then select them and leave them to mature until they’re a bit wrinkled, since this will give them the richest flavor.
- Search for a passion fruit that is hefty and purple or golden in hue when selecting one. The skin might be wrinkled or smooth. The riper the fruit, the more wrinkled the skin.
- Check for any discoloration, bruising, or green patches. Green passion fruit isn’t ready to eat yet.
- To eliminate pesticide residue and germs, carefully wash passion fruit.
- Split the fruit in half using a sharp knife.
- To cut through the thick outer peel, use a serrated knife.
- When you open it, you will notice the jelly-like seedy flesh, which is orangish to yellowish in color and has a distinct tropical scent.
- You may either eat it, seeds and all, or scoop it out with a spoon.
- The skin may then be composted or thrown away. The white fleshy pith is edible as well, although not particularly delicious.
- Serve it raw, or add it to desserts, salads, smoothies, or yogurt.
I would recommend you be cautious if you are out and about and want to buy a big bag of passion fruit. The retail passion fruit you may come across is not the same as the passion fruit grown locally.
This means that passion fruit is constantly imported into America and Europe since it does not grow well in those regions. The fruit must be picked when still green, which indicates it is out of season. Although it ripens during travel, the final flavor can never compare to that of fresh, local passion fruit.
Despite the fact that commercial passion fruit is sus, you may still discover some excellent varieties if you know where to look for them. Consider the fact that fully ripe passion fruit is unlikely to be available for purchase.
You will have to leave them on the countertop for several days because they are nearly always marketed under-ripe. It might take anywhere between a day to a week for them to mature and soften, based on how ripe they are currently. However, do not let them ripen too much, as they can and therefore will get mushy if left alone.
In conclusion, the seeds of passion fruit are crisp and simple to chew, while the jelly-like flesh is cool and refreshing, with a sour to sweet flavor. It is one of my favorite fruits! They will be sweeter if you grow them at home rather than buying them from the marketplace. It has a fruity flavor, perhaps a tropical citrusy flavor. If you want a sour or acidic to sweet balance, you will enjoy this. I hope you will give them a try at some point, if you aren’t already familiar with this fruit.