How To Ripen Passion Fruit Quickly
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Ripe passion fruits are in season, which is great news if you love this fruit! If you’re looking to enjoy them however, it can be tricky to find ones that aren’t over-ripened.
That is, they taste sour instead of sweet due to excess sugar content. These overripe fruits will still taste delicious when eaten, but not as much like fresh ones!
To avoid this, you have two options: use frozen berries or cook your berry juice down into a simple syrup. Both of these work well to preserve the flavor and take away some of the sweetness.
This article will tell you how to do both! Keep reading for more information.
Peel passion fruit
The best way to remove the skin from a passion fruit is using your hands. Simply hold it closed-mouth down over a bowl or plate, cut along one side of the peel, and then pull apart the halves.
If you have time before you eat the passion fruits, you can refrigerate them until they are ready to be eaten. This will help preserve their flavor slightly!
Once you've removed the flesh and the peel, do not discard either part! Add both parts into a pot and mix together. Then, add sugar and milk (or cream) as needed and taste to see if more liquid is needed. You want it to blend well but still retain some texture.
Put passion fruit in the refrigerator
After you rinse your passion fruits, put them in an empty bowl or plate that will easily hold at least 2–3 cups of pulp.
Add enough water so that all of the juice has been soaked up and then refrigerate the peeled halves until they are completely soft and mushy. This can take 1 day for every ½ cup of seed that is removed.
Once they have softened, drain off the liquid and measure how much juice there is. If it does not seem like much, that’s okay! You can either freeze the extra juice or use it in another recipe.
You want just enough liquid to make the seeds more spread out when you blend them. Try rubbing the seeds through a mesh sieve or spooning them into a glass jar to dry down some.
Let sit for a few hours
While most people put their passion fruits in water, we suggest letting them “mellow” or ripen naturally with no liquid present.
This is because as they dry out, some ofthe sweet juice inside begins to seep out, which makes it taste better!
By leaving it without fluid, this process can be sped up slightly. It will take around 2-3 days until you are able to enjoy it due to this process.
Ripen more quickly
The next step in preparing your passion fruits is rinsing them! Once you have washed all of the seeds and gel out, put them in a bowl or plate that will allow air to circulate around the fruit.
Now, most recipes call for just tossing the dried passion fruits into boiling water, letting them sit for a few minutes, then draining and adding other ingredients. This can take up to 30 minutes depending on how many passion fruits you have!
Luckily, we have some great tips here for you.
Re-peel passion fruit
The next step in preparing fresh passion fruits is re-peeling them. You can either do this yourself or have someone else do it for you!
If you are doing it yourself, use your index finger to pull off the skin. Make sure to rinse away any of the white pith that may remain under the peel. This will help prevent crumbs from getting into the fruit and changing its flavor.
To remove the seedy part of the passion fruit, cut it in half with a knife and then scoop out the seeds using a spoon or fork – very careful not to break the shell!
Once you have removed all of the parts you want to taste the passion fruit more fully. If there are some leftover pieces, put these aside and eat them later.
While baking with dried fruits is great, there are some slightly more complicated ways to use them. Canning is one of the best ways to preserve food, and you do not need special equipment to get started!
Canning fruit is the most efficient way to preserve it, as your pressure canner helps regulate temperature and process the jars. When processing in a water bath, you want an even heat distribution across all the containers being processed at once.
A pot that collects the liquid from the processed jar gets hot, making it difficult to use the rest of the ingredients. You will also have leftover liquid that must be stored or discarded. Using a dry-process method removes this limitation, as the air in the headspace in each individual jar acts as insulation protecting the contents from overheating.
There are two main types of canners: dial gauge and weight balance. A dial gauge processor needs only check the level of processed material every few minutes, while a weight balance processor checks the weights every hour or so. Because they do not require constant monitoring, these processors are better for longer processes like high acid foods such as tomatoes.
You should know how to use both types of canners before starting to preserve fruits and vegetables. Luckily, there are many resources available online and through teaching facilities or area culinary schools.
Make fruit salad
Making an easy, delicious fresh fruit salad is one of your best ways to use up all those leftover pieces of passionfruit you have after eating it in dishes or as dessert.
A few tips: If using very ripe berries like raspberries or blueberries, add them at the last minute so they do not get mushy. They will taste better if left for another couple of minutes until drizzled on top.
If using dried fruits such as cranberry bits or apricots, soak these in liquid first to rehydrate. This way, they will cook down slightly in the oven and flavor the salad more.
And no matter what kind of berries you use, be sure to wash each berry individually! Some chemicals that affect plant growth are only removed through this process.
Steps: Make fruit salad
In a large bowl, combine 5-6 cups of assorted soft fruits (like strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, etc.), 1/2 cup coconut water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and enough chopped nuts or seeds to give texture.
Toss together and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Add some extra coconut water or lemon juice if needed to make it creamy.
You can store the remaining ingredients in the fridge until you’re ready to mix into the salad.
Make passion fruit butter
So, let’s talk about how to make your own passion fruit butter! It’s super easy and you will love it. Plus, you can easily pack some snacks or use it as an ingredient in all sorts of recipes!
Making passion fruit butter is very similar to making chocolate or salted butter. The main difference is that there are no milk products used while melting down the fat. That means you cannot add water during this process!
You also need slightly less sugar for passion fruit butter than you would for chocolate or salted butter. This is because the tart flavor of the passion fruits takes away some of the needed sweetness.
Another important thing to note is that when cooling the butter, you should do so slowly to ensure even cooking. Like any other solid foods, cold food takes longer to chew and eat which makes sense since this product is already soft and spreadable when melted.