How Are Passion Fruits Harvested
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As mentioned earlier, passion fruits are fruit that grow undersea plants called sea anemones. These unique fruits take around one to two months for them to fully develop!
During this time period, the anemone will consume almost all of its own internal tissue, leaving only the shell or peel of the fruit behind. When it is time to harvest the passion fruits, try rubbing the skin of the fruit back together as soft as possible.
When you feel the fleshy inner material come away easily, then rinse off the excess pulp and pull out the fruit. You can either eat it right away or store in your refrigerator until later.
There are several types of passion fruits depending on where they’re harvested. This article will go more into detail about each type! So, stay tuned and read on. We hope you enjoy them as much we did.
Passion fruit picking
As mentioned earlier, passion fruits are unique berries that grow undersea-like leaves on a plant. These leaves usually wither away as the fruit grows. When they don’t, it is time to say goodbye!
Because passion fruits are in such high demand, there are often large harvesting crews working to meet demand. This can mean very long hours for inexperienced workers who may be paid less than desired due to the higher cost of labor.
There have been cases where workers have injured themselves while preparing or picking passion fruits. Some even got hurt on the job and received no help from anyone else. It is important to make sure your money does not go further than someone’s desire to put in hard work their own money.
Another risk is contamination. Since passion fruits come from the ocean, eating them can expose you to bacteria that could cause health problems. Make sure you do some research on how to prepare them properly before buying and consuming them.
The process of passion fruit harvesting
As with any tropical fruits, there are special equipment needed to harvest passion berries. Luckily, you do not have to grow your own!
There are many companies that sell dry or fresh passion fruit depending upon what you want to use them for. For example, eating the seeds is perfect if you like a bit of a tart flavor.
For those who love baking, dried passion fruit powder can be mixed into recipes as an ingredient to add some texture and sweet taste.
Some people enjoy using the juice alone either directly from the berry or mixing it in water and drinking it. Others apply the juice onto their skin or hair for softening and/or cleansing.
Exposing passion fruit to sunlight to ripen them
As mentioned before, depending on the type of passion fruits you have, different steps need to be done to enjoy them! The most important step is actually harvesting your passion fruits!
When they are ripe, the skin will become slightly darker in color and the shape can get rounded or spherical. When this happens, try squeezing the fruit to see if it has softened and melted into its own juice. If it has, then it is ready to be consumed!
If there is still solid flesh left, that means the fruit needs more time to fully mature and soft-up. This can be done by leaving it in the sun to dry out or baking it at a moderate temperature.
What to do with passion fruit when you get it
When they are in season, buying fresh or dried passion fruits is easy. But what happens to the leftover pieces?
There are many ways to prepare passion fruits. They can be mixed into yogurt or milk for drinking, they can be added to recipes like cakes and desserts, and they can even be eaten alone as a snack or dessert.
When they are no longer wanted, there are several different ways to properly dispose of them. Depending on where you live, some methods may be allowed while others may not.
When to harvest passion fruit
As with any tropical fruits, your best bet is to wait until they are ready to be harvested! This will depend mostly on when you can actually pick them from the plant. If you have to work around their schedule then you should go during peak season or spring time.
That way, they’ll be more likely to set an extra special piece of fruit aside for you! You also want to make sure that they don't spoil so going in at night or very early in the morning is your best option.
When they are almost perfectly ripe, cut an “X” into the top of each one using a sharp knife. Pull out the seeds and either eat them or save them for later use.
Tips for harvesting passion fruit
As mentioned before, if you notice your fruits starting to ripen, then start pulling them off! If they are still slightly firm, do not pull yet, as they can contain strings or seeds that grow more mature with digestion.
Once they have broken down a little bit, you may need to take extra care when removing them. The white pith of the pulp will stick to your hands, so try washing your hands in water beforehand. This helps remove the sticky texture without having to rinse the whole fruit multiple times.
You also want to be careful not to tear the skin, as this could cause an allergic reaction. Try using hand towels to wash your hands and/or use plastic gloves while picking through the fruit.
History of passion fruit
Although not native to the Americas, the passion flower has been used in many cultures for culinary purposes. It is said that it originated in South America where it was first cultivated around 6000 years ago. The plant grows along riverbanks or areas with consistent rainfall and drainage.
In its natural state, the passion fruits are green but this does not remain so for too long as they mature. When dried, the pulp becomes bright red and the seeds turn brownish-yellow.
The flavor of passion fruits comes from their acidic content which includes tart citric acid and aromatic compounds such as benzaldehyde.
These taste good when eating the berries raw but cooking them removes some of this flavor due to the nature of how they grow. If you like sweet foods then adding sugar to the berries while they are warm can help restore some of this lost flavor.
Nutritional benefits of passion fruit
This funky tropical berry comes in many color varieties, but they all pack an impressive nutritional punch. Consuming one half cup (100 grams) of any passion fruit variety contains about 30% vitamin C, 25% calcium, 15-20% iron, and 10%-15% protein.
Passion fruits are also rich in several other vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, and B6.
These nutrients contribute to overall health and wellness. Because of their high nutrient content, passion berries are increasingly used in diets and supplements. They may even be added to beverages or foods to help increase consumption.
Drinking a glass of juice with pulp is your best choice when it comes to passion fruit. The pureed flesh can sometimes contain some leftover seeds that might taste bad or need to be discarded.