How Sweet Is Passion Fruit
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This week, we’re talking about passion fruit! If you love berries or if you have ever eaten an avocado, then you have probably tried passion fruits before. They are slightly sour tropical fruits that grow in clusters of around 10-20 individual fruits.
Heck yeah, they are sweet too! But what makes them special is their tangy flavor which comes from lactic acid. When consuming them, taste as you would any other berry but with an extra layer of sweetness.
They can be enjoyed alone as a snack or mixed into recipes for some additional intensity. Let us dive in to learn more!
Passion fruits are grown across South America and Southeast Asia and are typically harvested when fully ripe. When choosing your passion fruits, make sure they look bright and firm without spotting.
What are some ways to prepare passion fruits? You can either eat them raw like we did today or use them in recipes. We will discuss that later!
Storing them properly is important to prevent spoiling. Luckily, there isn't much information online about how to do this so we will go over some beginner tips here.
Where passion fruits come from
The sweet, tangy fruit you can add to most foods is born when conditions are just right for an eruption of growth. When this happens, some plants will produce special berries that taste delicious!
Passion fruits are one such berry. They grow in clusters of up to 20 individual fruits attached together around a thick stalk. Each individual fruit has a short stem and a round, fuzzy, red skin with white markings.
The inner part of each fruit is yellow-green and grows slowly. It is these green parts that make it unique — they turn into a soft pulp when pressed. This pureed out gel is what gives passion fruits their distinctive flavor and texture.
Some say passion fruits take too long to develop so there are fast growing cultivars available. But all varieties need time to mature under natural sunlight and warm temperatures to set a good seed.
The different varieties of passion fruits
Like most tropical foods, passion fruit comes in many forms! There are actually over 50 types of passion fruits grown all around the world. What kind you get depends on which country it is being sold in and what flavor they want to promote.
Some of the more well-known varieties include:
Habanero – these have very hot peppers that some people like and some people don’t. But they are famous for their powerful taste!
– these have very hot peppers that some people like and some people don’t. But they are famous for their powerful taste! Alphonso - this one has a lower heat level than habaneros but it is still pretty strong. It also has a sweet undercurrent that makes it unique.
- this one has a lower heat level than habaneros but it is still pretty strong. It also has a sweet undercurrent that makes it unique. Canela – similar to alphonso, this one has an even sweeter tone to it. A lot of food companies use canela to add depth and richness to recipes.
– similar to alphonso, this one has an even sweeter tone to it. A lot of food companies use canela to add depth and richness to recipes. Guava – unfortunately not much else about guavas besides how delicious they are! They are mostly known for their tartness though, which some people love and others hate.
How to eat passion fruits
Most recipes call for one or two passion fruit halves per person, but we really like to add several to each serving. This is an easy way to do that as you can simply keep eating them!
Most people don’t realize it, but there are three parts to a passion fruit. There is the white part which does not taste good enough to include in most recipes, the golden pulp inside the same shell, and the black seeds located within the pulp.
The different ways to use passion fruits
This tropical fruit has many uses that are not necessarily sweet! Many people add them into recipes as an ingredient or garnish, but you can also eat them alone if you like. They pack some serious flavor so do not underestimate these beautiful fruits!
Passion fruits come in several colors depending on the season and where they grow. In spring and summer, when they are most common, they will have darker skin and red flesh. When they are harvested during winter, their skin color changes to white and their texture becomes more watery.
Not only are passion fruits delicious, they are nutritious too! They are rich in vitamin C and A, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
These berries are one of my favorite foods because I know how much taste and nutrition I get from just a few bites. Besides eating them solo, you can make sure sized pieces go into other dishes as an ingredient or toast them and put them into your breakfast cereal.
Passion fruit is one of the most delicious fruits you will ever taste! It’s known for its tangy flavor, which comes from a compound called citric acid. Besides tasting delicious, passion fruit also boasts some incredible nutritional benefits.
It is rich in several vitamins like A, C, and B6, as well as magnesium, potassium, and iron. It can be eaten raw or made into a beverage or sauce.
Cooked down with water it makes an excellent source of vitamin-packed liquid that you can drink. Because it contains such a high amount of antioxidants, drinking your daily dose of passion fruit could help prevent oxidative stress in our bodies.
This may help keep your heart healthy and reduce symptoms of inflammation in other parts of your body. Check out our list below to learn more about these important nutrients and how much passion fruit provides.
Popular passion fruits
Speaking of which, what are the top three most popular types of passion fruit? You probably guessed it! The white or pink sweet grape-like spheres that some say look like little balls of cotton candy are actually called Turkish berries.
These berries come in two main varieties: self-colored or blush and blood red. Both taste great, but only one is edible unless you know how to tell if a berry is ripe!
If you’re lucky enough to find both colors at once, they can be mixed together to make for an interesting color contrast. They also cost slightly less than the other colored versions.
Another type of passion fruit comes from India and Turkey, where farmers grow them as a way to earn money during harvest season. These acorn shaped dried fruits have a sour flavor that many enjoy.
How to grow passion fruits
Now, let’s talk about how to plant your own passion fruit plants! First, you will need some soil that is rich in nutrients. A common way to do this is to mix one part compost with three parts potting soil. If you don’t have any compost, then use raw flower or grassy dirt instead.
Next, you will want to get an even amount of seeds- either a half cup for every two inches square seed tray or a quarter cup per small trays (like individual pots).
Popular culture references to passion fruits
Many people know about passion fruit from their delicious taste, but few realize all of the health benefits they offer. They are known for their rich flavor so most recipes call for them to be mixed into yogurt or used in desserts as a garnish. But aside from that, passion fruit can do something special!
They contain an antioxidant called persic acid that has been shown to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress is caused by excessive production of free radicals in our bodies which result in unhealthy cell functioning and disease.
This includes causing damage to DNA and contributing to heart diseases like atherosclerosis. Fortunately, passion fruits have high levels of antioxidants that work to neutralize these free radicals and help your body outrecoil the effects of oxidative stress.
There are several types of passion fruits with varying amounts of antioxidants depending on what part of the plant it comes from.