Ripe Passion Fruit
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As we know, eating fruits and vegetables is good for you! Certain foods can boost your health by acting as a supplement or ingredient in something else. For example, strawberries can be used to make yogurt more nutritious because they are both high in vitamin D and contain probiotics.
Strawberries can also be mixed into drinks or desserts to give them extra flavor and function. They may even be eaten alone with just sugar and cream!
But what if I tell you that this specific type of strawberry isn’t really worth it? Why would someone not want to eat their favorite fruit simply because it has some calories?
In this article, I will talk about one of my all-time favorites: passion fruit. What makes these berries special is their unique taste and texture. They are sweet like regular berries, but have an almost citrusy tang underneath.
However, aside from its delicious taste, another reason why people might love passion fruits is due to their health benefits. These include improved gut health, weight loss potential, and protection against certain diseases.
Sadly though, most of these benefits only happen when the berry is completely ripe. This is where things get tricky, because passions grow slowly and sporadically.
Fortunately for you, I have a solution! Here, I will discuss some tricks to help ensure that your passion fruits are always overripe so that they pack a powerful nutritional punch.
How to tell if passion fruit is ripe
The easiest way to determine whether or not your passion fruits are at their best is by tasting them. If they taste sour, then they have matured enough.
They will still taste good, but just won’t be totally satisfying like when they are more tart.
Finding passion fruit
If you love baking, then having your own source of flavorings is very important. Having a variety of vanilla, creamers, fruits like strawberries, lemon or lime zest, and now passion fruit! You get extra kudos for knowing how to use them.
Vanilla comes in many forms- powder, extracts, and even milk. Creamer types are sweeteners that can be plain sugar, powdered sugar, or fake cream such as what they sell at grocery stores that cost around $2 per pack.
Strawberry creamer is usually just sugar, but adding some milk can give it an almost creamy texture. Lime creamers are simply sugar and milk with added lime juice.
Lemon and orange peel also add a nice layer of flavor to baked goods. They are both easily removed before eating which makesing them again.
The best way to use citrus peel is by scraping it off using either a spoon or a knife and rubbing it between your fingers until all the bitter skin has been pulled away. Then, if possible, wash it under water and dry completely before storing in a sealed container.
Coarsely grated zests can sometimes be left in when using oranges or lemons so they don’t lose too much of their flavor. Make sure to always taste test first to see if there is enough flavor!
What is passion fruit?
Passionfruit is a tropical berry native to Australia and New Zealand.
Cooking passion fruit
While most people use fresh passion fruits when eating them, you can also dry your own! If you like dried fruits, then this is perfect for you. To do so, they must be de-seeded first.
Once they are seared in a dehydrator or oven, depending on how crispy you want them to get, they can then be stored in an airtight container until you have a chance to use them again.
They will keep in the pantry or refrigerator for several months unless there is a strong smell that goes away!
If there is no taste or flavor of passion fruit after drying, you may need to cook it down more as recipes call for it.
Cocktail recipes that use passion fruit
Almost every recipe for a classic passion fruit drink includes sugar, so it is important to know how to de-seedy a fresh passion fruit before adding it into your drinks.
To do this, cut the passion fruits in half and using a spoon, remove the seeds and white pith. Then put the seeded pulp and skin into a bowl or plate of water and mash them together with a fork.
Once you have mashed down the pulp, take your time to soak up all of the liquid. This will take some time as there can be one or several layers of seltzer, juice, and pulp.
After this has been done, drain the excess fluid and add sweetener to taste. You may want to mix in chocolate powder or plain old granulated sugar depending on what type of drink you are making!
Classic drinks such as kaffir lime and pineapple coconut tea should have an acid balance, which means ensuring that the amount of citrus flavor in the drink exceeds that of the tartness of the passion fruit.
What are the different types of passion fruit?
The two main parts of the passion fruit is what grows in into a custard-like texture and its flavor. When it comes to the flavor, you either taste the fresh tangy citrus or spicy/spicy/salty sweet flavors depending on how ripe the passion fruits are!
The thinner the peel, the more acidity there will be in the passion fruit so they're best when used right away. If the skin is thicker, then the passion fruit can sit and soak up some of the other flavorings while it ripens which may result in an even spicier flavor.
How to keep passion fruit fresh
As with any tropical fruits, ensuring your mouth is always stocked with enough dried powdery pulp or gel is important so they can rehydrate and taste good!
Passion fruits are no different. They will quickly lose their flavor if you do not remove the peel and pith before eating them.
The skin of a passionfruit can be quite thick which makes it difficult to easily pull off without either using a very sharp knife or trying to use your hand as a spoon.
Luckily, there are several ways to prepare passion fruits where this step has been done for you. Check out our how to cook recipes here! And now, let’s talk about three easy ways to keep your passion fruits fresh.
Why are passion fruits so expensive?
As mentioned earlier, the price of a passion fruit is determined by how ripe it is. The longer it takes to open as you consume it, the more tart or less sweet flavor it has!
The texture can be thin like a juice or thinner, but still firm like a fruit- You need to wait until they are completely soft before you can enjoy them. This happens when they are stored properly with heat or in a cold place.
If this doesn’t work then your chances of enjoying the passion fruits will be limited! Luckily, there are some tips for buying and storing them to help make sure they stay crunchy enough for you to love them.
Color does not determine if a passion fruit is too ripe or not- Only taste does! If you notice that it looks darker than its surroundings, try opening it to see if it tastes sourish or just plain bitter.
History of passion fruit
The passion fruit is not new to us, but where it comes from and how it is made has changed a lot over time. It took centuries for people to figure out what ingredients were needed to make this delicious tropical snack possible!
Passion fruits are actually a type of berry that grows in clusters on a vine. They are most well known for their vibrant color and sweet taste due to its rich content of flavonoids and antioxidants.
These antioxidants help keep your heart healthy and reduce inflammation in your body. Passionfruit is one of the top antioxidant foods, which is why it is often recommended as a health supplement.
It may also boost your immune system and aid in weight loss because it can be used in beverages or snacks. But, make sure to eat them while they are still raw (no cooking required)!
This article will talk about the history of the passion fruit and some fun recipes using the berries.