How Are Passionfruits Formed
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These delicious fruits are not only interesting to eat, but they are also fun to identify! Most people have never heard of passionfruit before, which is odd because they are in fact very popular. They can be either fresh or dried, so it does not matter when you enjoy them.
These tropical fruit snacks come in small oval shaped containers with thin plastic covers. There are two types of passionfruit that we will discuss here- white and purple. Both contain citric acid, which gives them their tangy flavor.
The difference between the two is just what else they include! The white variety may also contain magnesium and potassium, while the purple ones may also contain iron. However, this doesn’t mean one is better than the other! It depends on what you want from your passionfruit snack.
There are some theories about how these nutrients get into the passionfruit, but none have been confirmed.
How to grow passionfruit
Now that you have your plant ready, it is time to start growing passionfruit! These fruits begin as a cluster of berries or stones that develop inner membranes. As this happens, some of the parts fall off and become seeds.
The roots will eventually die back down and the rest can be given away or planted in another area to continue growth.
Once they are exposed to warm temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21°C), the fruit will quickly mature and ripen.
You can now separate the seeding from the skin and dry them out before storing in an airtight container.
How to pick passionfruit
Now that you know how to buy fresh passionfruit, what to look for, and when to enjoy them, it’s time to get picking!
Just because they are called passionfruit doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious outside of the tropics. In fact, some say their flavor is even better due to the colder temperature.
So if you can’t make it down under during spring or summer, there are still ways to have your dessert (and thus, your appetite)!
We recommend starting off by washing your passionfruit under cold water. This was our first tip, so be sure to follow along with us from here!
Next, use a spoon to scoop out the pulp and inner membrane. Don’t forget to taste this part – we suggest mixing it into yogurt and serving it as a snack.
Now, whether you like yours sweet or tangy, separate the seahorse hairs using a knife or fork. If you don’t have one of these, try running your thumb across the top of the fruit to create an edge which you can pull apart.
How to prepare passionfruit
Now that you have your taste for passion fruits confirmed, it is time to start preparing them! To make passion fruit juice or gelato, first wash the seeds of the passion fruit.
Then, cut the pulp into pieces and add it to a blender along with some water. You will want to blend this mixture until it forms a gel texture.
Once done, pour the liquid through a strainer to remove any leftover flesh bits. If needed, press the remaining material in the strainer using a spoon to extract more juices.
You can now mix the extracted liquid together with sugar and cook it over medium heat. After it has fully melted down, take off the stove and let cool.
After cooling, stir well and apply a lid so it does not form lumps. Let sit for at least an hour before serving so all of the flavor can meld together.
Delicious passionfruit recipes
These delicious fruits are grown in tropical climates around the world, where they can thrive due to warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. When ripe, their sweet tangy flavor is perfect!
Passionfruit come in two varieties: white or pink depending on whether the fruit has been bred to be yellow or not.
They are both made from the same compound molecule called limonoid. Limonoids occur naturally in many plants including oranges.
When dried down, the peel of the passionfruit becomes a rich source of this powerful antioxidant.
Many people eat them as part of breakfast, or use the juice in drinks and desserts. They also make eating them fun by pairing them with other foods.
But what if we could get rid of that sour taste? What if we could take out all the acidity completely?
We can! There are several ways to do this. For more information, you can read about one of our favorite recipes for passionfruit ice cream here.
Nutritional profile of passionfruit
The most important part of any fruit is its nutritional content. These are needed to keep your body healthy! Passion fruits contain several vitamins and minerals that work together to help promote health and wellness.
They are rich in vitamin C, which helps prevent oxidative damage in the body. Oxidative stress can increase inflammation and cause cellular death, both of which contribute to disease.
Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant, helping protect cells from harmful free radicals.
Passion fruits are also high in potassium, which works with Vitamin C to help regulate blood pressure. Potassium also aids in muscle function and cardiac rhythm.
They are a good source of magnesium, which helps maintain bone density and normal heart function. Magnesium also plays a crucial role in regulating sleep-wake cycles.
And lastly, passion fruits are a great source of B6, which assists in producing neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Serotonin levels are linked to mood regulation.
Tips for eating passionfruit
Now that you have learned how to eat your raw passionfruit, here are some tips to make it more delicious! You can either purchase them pre-prepared or if you love cooking then these recipes are for you.
If you like this recipe, try making our other recipes in the Cooking section of our site: there are several recipes for both sweet and savoury dishes. We suggest starting at least with one of our snacks or desserts as they are pretty tasty on their own!
And don’t forget to follow us on social media for additional inspiration: we share our latest culinary adventures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Passionfruit taste test
If you have never tried passion fruits, then here is an easy way to try them! You can either buy ones that have already been cut up or you can make your own at home. Either option will work fine!
Passion fruit sours are made of two main components: The white part and the red part. The red part contains some acid which gives it its tangy flavor, while the white part adds tartness to balance out the sweetness of the fruit.
The texture of passion fruits changes depending on how they are processed and what type of passion fruit you use. When they are in season, fresh passion fruits are very soft and fluid. This makes eating them more comfortable as they do not hold onto their shape for too long.
However, when passion fruits are no longer in season or stored properly, they dry out and retain their shape better. They may also turn brown due to oxidation.
Popular passionfruit varieties
The most well-known passion fruit is probably the kumquat, but there are several other cultivars that you may or may not have heard of before! Some people call these berries ‘half-passion fruits’ because they contain only half as many seeds as regular passionfruit.
The top three non-kumquat passion fruit types are:
Jackie apples – like large strawberries with fuzzy white/yellow skin and cream colored flesh
– like large strawberries with fuzzy white/ yellow skin and cream colored flesh Rambutans – similar in appearance to a Japanese berry, but shorter and rounder
– similar in appearance to a Japanese berry, but shorter and rounder Chilean Sea Bass – thin, long shells shaped like little boats made of chocolate
This list does not include strawberry-like fruits such as guavas and mangosteens which also have a fluffy interior. These different textures play an important part in how people enjoy passion fruit!
How do I eat a passion fruit?
Most people cut open the passion fruit lengthwise along one side, put your index finger inside to catch some juice, and then use the back of your spoon to scoop out the pulp and liquid. You can either swallow it right away or refrigerate first for later.
Some people prefer to wash the seed first so it doesn't hurt their stomach.