How To Open Passion Fruit
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While not every recipe calls for opening passion fruit by hand, this process can be tricky if you do not know how! If you are ever in a situation where there are many leftover pieces of passion fruit, or you have extra passion fruits that need to be used up, it is important to learn how to open them properly.
There are two main ways to open a fresh passion fruit. You can either use your hands, or you can use an appliance like a blender or food processor.
Peel the passion fruit
The most tedious part of eating passion fruits is actually peeling them! To easily remove the skin, cut around the rim of the passion fruit with a knife or spoon, then use your fingers to carefully pull off the peel.
Once you have peeled it, put the passion fruit in a bowl and add some sugar to taste – this will help make it more edible. You can now eat it either plain or mix it into desserts!
Another way to enjoy passionfruit is by making an infusion- soak one passion fruit in 1 cup cold water for about 30 minutes before tasting. This removes the tart flavor and changes the acidity level.
Cut the fruit into segments
Now, once your passion fruits are in segment form, you can either eat them right away or store them! If you choose to keep them fresh, put the piece of skin that contains the seeds back onto the fruit and cover with a thin layer of cream or milk.
If you want to preserve the flavor and texture more, you may also wash the fruit under cold water and then refrigerate or freeze it.
Store passion fruit
It is best to buy your passion fruits at stores that have high quality products. Some sellers will pack their passion fruits in salt water or sugar liquid which does not taste good! This liquid can also potentially spoil the flavor of the passion fruit.
Make sure you purchase fresh, ripe passion fruits with no soft spots. If you find one that looks very dark inside, it may be spoiled so do not buy it!
Once you get the passion fruit home, try to wash it immediately under running water. You do not want any dirt or moisture to come into contact with the skin as they both could cause an allergic reaction.
If after doing this you are still experiencing symptoms, make sure to rinse your mouth out thoroughly with some distilled water, otherwise you could ingest some of the juice and risk having a stomach ache or diarrhea.
Combine with other fruits
While eating meat or seafood is great, there are some healthier alternatives that you can use it in. Try adding dried fruit like raisins or cranberries and/or berries such as strawberries or raspberries.
These additions make your protein more nutritious by including essential minerals such as zinc, iron, and vitamin C.
You can also add fresh passion fruit to give the soup a tangy flavor and additional health benefits.
While there are several ways to open a passion fruit, none of them require using your hands! You can use a spoon, knife, fork, or even your mouth! Here we will discuss how to cut up a passion fruit using a knife.
To begin, you will need two knives that have a good handle length. Your first knife should be a paring knife with very thin edges, and the second should be a chef’s knife with thicker edges.
Once you have both of these lined up in a block position, place the passion fruit onto the paring knife and push it down so that only the peel is sticking up. Then, pull the knife towards yourself, keeping the flesh of the passion fruit attached to the peel. Repeat this process until all pieces are separated.
Just make sure to wash your knives after each use to prevent any stuck residues from building up on the blade.
When to buy
Most recipes call for one or two cups of passion fruit, which is why it is important to know when to purchase your own personal cupful!
Most grocery stores will have dried passion fruits in their baking section. These are great to have on hand because you can rehydrate them yourself! Simply pour warm water over the passion fruit and stir until it has dissolved completely.
If you find that it has broken down too much, you can soak it in sugar syrup or liquid glucose and refresh again.
How to choose
The best way to select passion fruit is by buying it directly from source! Luckily, most grocery stores will have a sorter or section where you can place ripe fruits for customers to pick through. This is your best bet if you do not want to pay too much for individual pieces either.
Another option is using frozen ones that are thawed and separated into sections like how they would be in the produce department at the store. This also works well because you do not have to worry about them being fresh. You can prepare your recipe quickly once you get it home!
You should always check your passion fruits’s ripeness as mentioned before.