How To Ripen Passion Fruit
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Having a source of fresh fruits at your home is always nice. Who doesn’t love an easy, delicious snack or meal that includes berries or other fruit?
However, most people don’t use all of their leftover fruit within the week it was purchased!
That’s why we have a tendency to buy more food than we need- so we can enjoy our favorite foods later.
But what if I told you that there are ways to preserve the nutritional value of your berry purchases by creating your own dried fruits and jams?
And what if I mentioned those ways were simple and straightforward?
Well, then I think you would be interested in reading this article!
In this article, I will go over some tips for how to make your own dried fruits and jams.
Peel passion fruit
The most tedious part of eating passion fruits is actually removing their skin! This can be done in several ways, depending on your preference. You may want to use very hot water to do it for an easier time removing, or you could use a special device designed just for this purpose.
Whatever method you choose to use, make sure to pull away from the flesh slowly as that will help remove some of the peel more easily. Once the peel is removed, you can either eat it or save it for later use.
You can roast the peeled passion fruits with sugar until they caramelize and then mash them into a syrup or spread the soft, melted pulp onto other foods like toast or pancakes. If the peel is saved, you can dry it out and use it again for another batch of dried passion fruit powder.
Put passion fruit in the refrigerator
After you wash your fruits, put them into an bowl or plate that has been lined with a paper towel. This will help dry off some of the water and prevent sticking.
Next, add enough fresh cold water to cover the top part of each piece.
Mix together and let sit for around one hour (depending on how warm it is).
Let sit for a few hours
After you cut your passion fruit in half, let it rest for several hours or even overnight. This will allow the natural sweet liquid to seep out of the seeds and into its surroundings.
This helps preserve the integrity of the pulp that contains healthy antioxidants and flavor components! Besides, it gives you more time to prepare other recipes while letting the passion fruit dry out.
Eat immediately or refrigerate
If you have access to an easy source of fresh passion fruit, riddling it is not necessary! Simply cut it in half and use a spoon to scoop out all of the seeds and soft pulp that seep out. Then, just eat it right away or place in the refrigerator for later.
The hardseeded leftover pieces will keep in your stomach until they are completely absorbed which can take anywhere from one hour to overnight depending on how hungry you are. This is totally fine as long as you want some passion fruits soon!
Once it has been consumed, it will quickly turn sour so either enjoy it while it is still slightly sweet or add more sugar to make it taste better.
Re-ripen after a few days
Once your fruit is dry, you can re-ripen it by putting it in a pot or pan with water until it comes into liquid. If there are seeds in the passion fruits, make sure to remove them before adding this step!
After removing the seedy part, put the whole fruit in the new liquid and let it sit for about one minute. The acidity of the juice will help break down the skin slightly, making it softer and easier to work with.
Try different varieties
There are two main ways to use ripe passion fruit. You can either mix it into drinks or puree it and add it to recipes. But before you do either of those, make sure your taste buds like it!
Passion fruits come in many colors and shapes depending on the cultivar (variety). Some have longer spoons while others have shorter ones. This does not matter when they are in season but if you want to preserve the fruit for winter, keeping them short is better.
There are also some that are white whereas most are dark purple. These differences all depend on the person harvesting the fruit and what kind of flavor they desire.
If you don’t like passion fruit then there are several types of citrus that would be perfect in a recipe instead.
Use passion fruit juice
The most common way to use passion fruits is by adding their pure juice to other beverages or recipes. You can also add it to salads, desserts, and pasta dishes. When using passion fruits in drinks, you should be careful not to break down the pulp too much as this will affect the flavor.
When making sure there are enough passion fruits for your drink, remember that they grow in clusters so half of one fruit usually makes enough content!
Sources: Wikipedia | how to make passionfruit syrup with recipe
How to Make Passionfruit Juice
Step 1: Cut the passion fruits in half
Step 2: Using a spoon, scoop out the soft inner seeds and liquid
Step 3: Press the remaining flesh against the bowl edge to remove more of the juices
Step 4: Add the extracted juices to your vinegar-based mix and let sit for about 10 minutes
Step 5: Strain and bottle
That’s all you have to do! Your passion fruit juice will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Make passion fruit jam
If you have enough ripe passion fruits, it is time to make some jam! Jam-making is a fun way to use up all of your fresh produce. There are many recipes for making jams out there, but one of my favorite types of jams is blueberry jam.
My brother and I would always fight over who got to eat the last few spoonfuls of our homemade blueberry jam. He would try to convince me that he was hungry and needed more jam like his mouth had lost control and needed help.
I would laugh at this because I knew what was happening; he was trying to get me to stop eating my own jam so that we could be done! ; )
It is very important to let your jam set properly and then stir it before taking a taste so that it does not burn your tongue. Letting it sit in the pot long enough will ensure that it sets and hardens correctly.
Once your jam has finished setting, test it by putting a small amount on a plate – it should hold together well and want to spread onto your bread or toast.