How To Eat Passion Fruit
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This week, we are going to learn how to make passion fruit puree or liquid. We will also learn some recipes using this delicious flavor compound!
Passion fruits are in a unique class of fruits because they don’t have an acid layer like most other citrus fruits do. They are instead made up of two layers that work together to create their famous taste.
The inner layer is very sweet with sugar content almost as high as honey. The outer part of the fruit has a chemical called lysozyme which gives it its tangy flavor. When dried down, these flavors come out more clearly in the passion fruit juice or purée.
Many people enjoy drinking the pureed juice straight from the bottle, but there are several ways you can cook with it.
Look for bright colors and smooth skin
Most recipes call for just half a passion fruit, but if you want to enjoy all of its delicious flavor fully, then try eating it in the same way we recommend doing strawberries- whole!
Struggling with how to eat a passion fruit? We have some tips here for you!
First, look at the color of the passion fruit. If it is dark or brown, that means it has lost most of its taste. So do not consume those unless they are in an olive oil recipe, or use them as a decoration.
If it is white or slightly pinkish inside, then it has lost very little of its flavor. Make sure to take your time to cut it open so that you can get every bit of the juice.
And lastly, check out whether the peel is soft or hard.
Peel or not to peel
Most recipes call for removing the skin of the passion fruit using either your hand or a spoon, but what if we left the skin in? This is an excellent option as it helps retain more vitamins and minerals of the fruit!
When baking with fresh fruits and vegetables, it is important to remove any leftover bits of pulp that may remain. If you are very careful when eating the whole thing, there is no need to remove the skin.
However, if you are looking to add some extra flavor or texture, then feel free to use either method mentioned before! Simply slice the passionfruit in half and scrape off the seeds and white part, leaving the pink flesh intact.
Once done, cut the remaining skin into pieces and put in a plastic bag or container. The antioxidants in the skin can help preserve the health benefits of the passion fruit.
Dried or fresh
Most recipes call for just half a passion fruit, but if you want to make it more in-depth, then either dried or fresh ones can be used. To use dried fruits, simply add them into your food or drink of choice as a natural sweetener. For example, they could be mixed into yogurt or added to cereals.
To use fresh berries, wash them first and then combine them with some type of milk (we recommend soy) and sugar until they melt down.
Try making passion fruit smoothie
This lovely citrus fruit can be consumed directly as juice or dry, when it dries down it tastes like vanilla! If you would like to enjoy it dried, pour some boiling water onto it and let sit for a few minutes. The peel will slip off easily then you can add vanilla powder and/or coconut milk to taste.
Passion fruits are high in vitamin C and potassium. They also contain several other vitamins such as A, B6, and magnesium. Unfortunately, they are not too big on flavor themselves. That is why most of them have a sweetening agent put into them.
These agents include sugar, agave nectar, or liquid glucose.
Try making a passion fruit salad
While eating the whole fruits is the most elegant way to enjoy passion fruits, you do not have to if you are not a fan. Another way to eat them is to make an easy dessert or snack called a passion fruit salad!
You will need one ripe passion fruit per person, sugar, milk, and fresh basil or parsley for flavor. Simply cut the passion fruit in half and use a spoon to remove the flesh and seeds. Add some olive oil and mix with the liquid until it forms a creamy consistency.
Add more sweet ingredients like berries or granulated sugar to taste and stir well. You can also add some herbs to give it more flavor.
Make a tart
If you are ever in the mood for passion fruit, making your own is the best way to go! This process will take you around 10 minutes to make and it can be done at night or early in the day so there is no pressure to do it when the food shop runs out!
To make passion fruit juice, first wash the seeds and discard. Then use a spoon to scoop out the pulp and put into a bowl. You now have raw passion fruit puree!
Next, pour the liquid onto the solid pulp in the pan and mix together until all of the pieces have melted down.
Once everything has mixed together, take the mixture and shape it into a ball. Now roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap to create a thin sheet.
Now cut the sheet into small squares or rectangles to form little cups. Press each cup mouth up using a fork and bake in an oven set to 350°F for 15-20 minutes.
After that time, let cool before adding the cream and sugar to taste.
Make a pie
If you are hungry for passion fruit, making a dessert or eating it as an appetizer is your best option. You can make it into a side item in a dessert or eat it alone as a flavor boost.
Passion fruits come in liquid form so they cannot be incorporated directly into baking recipes, but that does not mean you cannot enjoy them!
Making passion fruit pie is a perfect way to enjoy this delicious tropical citrus flavor. It is very easy to do and takes only about twenty minutes to make!
You will need one ripe passion fruit per piece of crust used in the pie. This recipe makes enough dough for two pieces of pizza style crust or one standard sized cookie/bread bar crust.
To put the passion fruit into the pie, cut the top off of the passion fruit and discard or save for another use. Scoop out some of the juicy pulp surrounding the seeds and add those to the pie.
Now, using a spoon, take the vanilla cream cheese mixture and stir in the leftover passion fruit juice until it thickens.
Spread this passion fruit filling onto one half of the baked crust and cover with the other half.
Try making a jam
While eating passion fruit is delicious as plain fruits, trying your hand at making jams or other recipes with it is very enjoyable! If you would like to know how to make passion fruit jam, then here are some tips.
Most people use fresh passion fruits when making jams because of the flavor that comes from them. You can however, use dried passion fruits in place of the fresh ones if necessary. It will just require slightly more time for the same amount of sugar to gel.
When using dried passion fruits, try only one type per batch of jam. This way they do not negatively affect the texture of thejam.
Never process the berries longer than what is advised in the recipe, risk burning out the pulp which may cause the finished product to be bland and/or thin.
As mentioned before, once the berry mixture has been added into the pan along with the needed liquid, bring it to a boil and let simmer for about half an hour. Then test it until it sets properly.