How To Eat Passion Flower Fruit
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This week, we’re going to talk about how to eat passion fruit. Passion fruits are inedible when not ripe! They will taste sweet like a strawberry if you give them enough time to ripen.
When they are in season, there is an abundance of passion fruits available at grocery stores and food markets. They can cost anywhere from around $2-5 per one depending on the size.
Many people use passion fruit for their health benefits. It may seem odd to some that something so delicious has health benefits, but it does! Nutritionists and dieticians have been using passion fruit for its health properties for decades.
It contains vitamin C as well as antioxidants such as lycopene which help protect your body against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress happens when your body produces too many free radicals, damaging molecules that can cause cell injury and even cancer.
This article will discuss the importance of eating more berries and other foods with antioxidant content, and why adding just one half a cup (about 5 ounces) of any berry every day should be part of your daily nutritional regimen.
Try using the fruit in smoothies
Add some passion flower fruits to your diet by eating them either as whole berries or add it to your favorite drink! They can be added directly to your yogurt, milk, or water beverages, or you can use it in recipes as an ingredient.
Passion flowers can help reduce inflammation and aid digestion. When dried, they also work to soothe dry skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
You can find passion flower extracts online and in certain health stores. Make sure to look for ones that are certified organic to avoid pesticides.
Make a tart or pie
If you want to make an infusion of passion fruits, then making a dessert is your best bet. You can either make a plain old sweet-tasting pudding or recipe, or you can create a pie or tart with dried passion fruit in it!
If you are thinking about creating a pie or tart with passion fruits in it, then you should know that there are two types of passion fruits – white and pink. Both have similar nutritional value, but some people may find one type taste better than the other.
Try making a jam
While eating the seeds is not recommended, you can try baking them or boiling them and then mixing them into your favorite jams and preserves!
The beautiful colors of passion fruit can be mixed in with other fruits to create delicious spreads like strawberry-passionfruit spread, kiwi-passionfruit spread, and pineapple-passionfruit spread.
These recipes are great ways to enjoy passion flower berries after the season comes to an end. You can also add some drops of liquid glucose to help preserve the spread until it is time to use it.
Once heated, these mixes will melt down and slightly sweeten the jam, changing the flavor slightly but improving upon how tasty it is.
Try making a seed paste
Besides eating the seeds directly, you can also make a pleasant looking gel or paste that contains the seeds. This is called a “seed butter” or sometimes just "butter" for lack of a better term. You will need a food processor to do this!
To make passion fruit seed butter, start by adding 1 tablespoon of warm water to the seeded pulp in your pot. Mix together with a spoon until it forms a smooth consistency.
Add 6–8 drops of liquid honey (depending on how thick you want the butter to be) and mix well. Add more honey if needed to achieve a spreadable texture.
Let cool slightly before using the stick blender or hand mixer to combine the two liquids into a soft cream-like texture.
Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour to set.
Serve chilled as a snack or add flavorings such as cinnamon or vanilla to taste.
You can now either eat the butter like traditional butter would be, or use a cooking brush to apply it onto toast or bread. Let dry completely before consuming.
Try making a sorbet
Sorbets are frozen desserts that contain no milk or sugar, but instead, an acid such as citric or tartaric acid to help “bind” with the other ingredients in the mixture.
These acids can be found naturally occurring in some fruits and vegetables, most notably lemons and berries.
Try making a wine
While eating the seeds is not recommended, you can make an interesting tea or drink by adding one passion fruit seed to one cup of water and letting it sit for 15 minutes.
You may want to add some honey or sweeten with sugar to taste. The liquid will change color slightly depending on the intensity of the flavor so you can watch this process!
After the tea has sat for its allotted time, pour off the rest and enjoy your new beverage! This tea was said to help reduce blood glucose levels in diabetics and aid weight loss due to its appetite suppressing effects.
Given that these fruits are related to nettle plants, they offer similar health benefits.
Try making a liqueur
As mentioned before, passion fruit is inedible when dried and consumed as powder or salted like a table salt flavor ingredient in foods or drinks. But that doesn’t mean you can't make something with it! Most recipes for passion fruit contain sugar as an acid balance element, so they use the pulp of the fruit to add some depth and function as a part of the recipe.
Most people don’t realize how much taste passion fruits have until they try to remove them. They are rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium, iron, and beta-carotene.
But what most people don’t know is that there's another way to eat passion flower. You can either drink its juice or make a lusciously delicious passion fruit syrup or liqueur using the leftover pulp from making the juice.
Try making a jam recipe
While eating just the pulp of passion fruit is an interesting culinary experience, cooking it down and adding other ingredients is even better! Making a smoothie or using it in a baking recipe like berries with cream is your best bet. If you are more experienced in creating recipes, trying making ajam with purified juice of the fruits- that is, removing some of the water from the juice!
This can be done by putting the liquid through a filter system or running it through gelatine (also known as jelly powder) to set and preserve the liquid.