How To Ripen Green Passion Fruit
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Red passion fruit is one of the most popular fruits in tropical cuisine around the world. They are not only delicious, but they make some incredible tasting recipes as well!
But before you get too excited about those beautiful red berries, it takes time for them to ripen. Luckily, there are several ways to help them along their journey. This article will talk about three easy ways to aid in the soft-ripening of your green passion fruits.
Removing the skin is the best way to preserve the flavor and texture of the fruit. Plus, once the skin is removed, it can be stored in the refrigerator or even frozen so you do not have to worry about being fresh again when you want to use it. This article will show you how to remove the skin easily.
Let sit for a few hours
After you cut your passion fruit in half, let it sit until it feels soft. This will take some time depending on how fresh the fruit is!
Once it has softened slightly, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and white pulp. If there are no cracks or seams where the shell broke, then the fruit was just ripe enough!
To make sure it does not spoil, keep the peeled skin of the passionfruit tight by using a piece of plastic wrap or putting it into the refrigerator. Make sure to check it every couple of hours!
If you have leftover peel and/or white pulp, either can be dried and stored in an air-tight container. They both will keep for up to one week.
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It took us less than five minutes to do because we used pre-softened almond butter which made breaking down the passion fruits easier.
Try to get your fruit as ripe as possible
While there are some recipes that call for raw passion fruits, most people prefer them when they are slightly poached or cooked. This is due to two reasons. First, the tart flavor of the passion fruit is muted when it is completely raw.
Second, cooking removes all of the water content from the flesh which makes eating the passion fruit more satisfying.
To ensure perfect poached passion fruits every time, cook them in just enough liquid (water or sugar) so that only the skin gets soft. Then, let sit until the skins just start to break down.
Peel when ready
The best way to remove the skin is with our tip number three, but make sure you do it at the right time! If you choose to peel your passion fruit early, before they are fully ripe, then you will have half-soft or even soft fruits which are not very tasty.
Once they are completely ripe, around here (the sunnier the spot where the fruit grows, the faster it will ripen), they can take up to two days to properly set. During this process, their skins will dry out and toughen up, making it more difficult to pull off the flesh.
On these extra slow setting ones, we suggest leaving them in the sun for one additional day to help soften the peel just a bit, then using our tip number two to easily scoop out the pulp and meat.
Store in the fridge in the brown bag
Once your passion fruit is ripe, you can put it in the refrigerator overnight or up to one week depending on how long you want to keep it! When it comes time to eat it, just pull it out and enjoy it immediately.
Once it’s opened, cut it in half and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and liquidy part of the flesh.
Eat within a few days
Although it may seem like there is not much you can do with green passion fruits, eating them soon after they are picked will allow them to taste better and cook down into something more flavor-full.
They will also keep in the refrigerator longer since they have solidified sugar content. They will eventually soften as they dry out.
Once they are soft, they can be mixed into desserts or eaten alone. An easy recipe includes mixing one ripe passion fruit per person, and adding some honey to make it slightly thicker.
Don’t wash until needed
While most people agree that washing ripe fruits is unnecessary, green passion fruit are different! When you cut into a mature green passion fruit, you will see some of the pulp ooze out. This liquid contains important antioxidants and flavor compounds that weaken as the fruit matures.
If you like this poisionous juice more than when it was fresh, then don’t rinse it! Instead, squeeze all of the watery juices out, and enjoy later!
General tips for cooking with passionfruit
We recommend only using fully cooked berries unless your recipe calls for raw ones, in which case, feel free to use them! They contain enough natural acid to prevent browning.
Re-peel when needed
The next step in how to ripen green passion fruit is re-peeling them! This can be done before or after cutting into the fruits. If you do it before, make sure to wash your hands well afterwards as some juices may contain raw egg whites which could cause health issues for someone with an underlying medical condition.
If you choose to peel the passion fruits after they are cut, use fresh paper towels to remove any lingering bits of flesh that might remain.
Once they are completely dry, put them in the oven at 250°F (120ºC) until they feel slightly warm when pressed. Let them cool down then store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Try not to get your fruit too ripe
While most people agree that green passion fruits are delicious, some feel they need more flavor than what is provided by the texture.
To add some depth of taste, you can soak the unripe passion fruits in sugar or lemon juice until they take on color and taste of both. This process is called coloring or acidifying the passion fruit!
You can also use the colored seeds as a garnish for desserts or eat them straight away. They are said to aid in weight loss due to their high vitamin content.