How You Can Eat Passion Fruit
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This week, we’re talking about how to eat passion fruit. Many people love this tart citrus fruit but have no idea what to do with it once you take it off of the spoon.
Some recipes call for adding it to yogurt or using it in drinks, but that’s really all there is to it! If you are looking to add more flavor to your diet, then starting to know some passion fruit tips will be helpful.
We’ll also go over whether eating just one passion fruit is worth it or if buying a pack is better.
Peel passion fruit
Once you have your favorite variety of passion fruits, you can begin to peel them! This is very easy to do, but make sure to do it properly.
To start, cut off the top half of the passion fruit. This will help expose the white flesh that lies underneath. Now, using either your hands or a spoon, scoop out the thick white pulp surrounding the soft green seeds.
Once you have removed all of the pulp, use the tip of your knife to scrape away any residual white bits.
Try making a fruit tart
If you are ever in need of some quick dessert inspiration, looking into recipes for tarts is a great way to start! Tarts can be made with almost any kind of crust or dough base, and there are many ways to put together flavor combinations.
Most people associate passion fruits with an intense taste that can sometimes overwhelm others who do not like strong flavors. But if you enjoy passionate foods, then trying your hand at creating your own passion fruit tarts will win over even the most picky eaters!
There are several types of passion fruit tarts that differ in what ingredients they contain. Some have coconut cream instead of regular milk as the topping, while others do not include chocolate or caramel in their filling.
Make a fruit salad
One of our favorite ways to enjoy passion fruits is in a dessert or snack-style dish called a passion fruit salad! This delicious recipe comes from our culinary expert, Christine Gilotti. She calls it the best thing you can make with them because of how many just like it you can have!
To make a passion fruit salad, you will need one fresh passion fruit per person. If you don’t have any at home, that’s okay! You can still make this recipe by using dried berries instead of the fresh ones. Just remember to soak them first!
Once your berries are dry, add some coconut milk (we recommend starting off with one tablespoon) and mix together until combined. Then, stir in some honey or agave nectar and salt to taste. Add more coconut milk if needed so it doesn’t get thin.
Try making a fruit smoothie
While eating passion fruits is delicious, trying to eat them whole can be a little tricky for some. If you are having trouble, try making a passion fruit smoothie! They make great additions to your daily health drink!
To make a passion fruit smoothie, add one cup of frozen passion fruits to your blender along with two cups of milk or cream and one tablespoon of agave nectar.
Use passion fruit in cocktails
While eating fresh or dried fruits is always an excellent choice, adding some juice to taste is another way to enjoy them. Adding some of that tangy flavor liquid to anything from tea to water or milk can be fun!
Passion fruit is no exception to this rule. It can easily be added into most recipes as an ingredient. If you are looking to add some health benefits to your diet, try experimenting with passion fruit.
Use passion fruit in recipes
While eating enough fruits and vegetables is always a lovely way to enjoy foods, one particular fruit can be even more impressive. Passion fruits are not only delicious, but they also pack a special surprise!
Within each passion fruit is a white round piece of flesh that contains a chemical called acai. This powerful antioxidant is known for its health benefits, including improving skin tone and reducing oxidative stress (when your body produces too many free radicals).
So what does this have to do with eating passion fruits? Adding them into some recipes is an easy way to include the acai within your diet. When experimenting with recipes, you can either use fresh or dried passion fruits depending on whether or not you have it already at home.
There are several ways to eat a passion fruit. The most common way is just by cutting it open and pulling out the inner part, which has the acai layer. You can then either consume it right away or store it until you find it more accessible.
Enjoy passion fruit seeds
While most people tend to discard the pulp, seed or both of the passion fruits they eat, doing so is actually not ideal for your health. The seeds contain several nutrients that help keep you healthy, and even aid in weight loss.
Seeds are part of the nutritional profile of any food group, meaning they contribute certain vitamins and minerals to your diet. Many of these nutrients can be found in puréed form in foods like vegetables or as supplements.
Many diets include using ground passion fruit seeds as an ingredient. Because they taste similar to sunflower seeds, they do not cause too much controversy when mixed into other recipes.
However, past studies have linked eating too many passion fruit seeds raw or without cooking may increase risk of cancer. That’s why we recommend either roasting them or making sure they're heated slightly before swallowing.
Regular intake of antioxidants helps reduce oxidative stress in your body, which has been shown to lower inflammation and prevent diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Mix passion fruit into your hair gel
Many people add passion fruits to their shampoo and/or conditioner to give your scalp some much needed moisture and cleanse it of any leftover bits of styling products.
Many beauty brands offer them as an ingredient in either trims or shampoos, but what if we told you that you can eat them?
That’s right! If you are hungry after the berry, you can simply cut them in half and spoon out the seeds and flesh.
Then, take a piece of plastic wrap and put a few drops of water in one corner. Add the peel of one passion fruit to the water until it forms balls. This is called powdering the peel.