About Florida passionfruit
Taste: Passionfruit has a rich and luscious taste that’s refreshingly sweet and tart with a floral hint.
Growing: Southern Florida
Colors: You’ll find shades of purple, pale-pink, and deep red.
Ripe: Wrinkles while ripening.
Open: Use a sharp knife (serrated works best) to cut fruit in half across the middle. Scoop out the contents.
Enjoy: Fresh scooped out of its shell or strain pulp and seeds through a strainer or cheesecloth for juice. Ideas and recipes…
In the know
In the know
Ideas to enjoy passionfruit
Enjoy simply eaten from its shell, but don’t stop there. Passionfruit can top breakfast, tossed into salads, stirred into drinks, mixed into baked goods and added into sauces.
Passionfruit may be small but it carries a nutritional punch. It’s big on vitamins A and C along with minerals: phosphorous, iron and copper.
Fresh passionfruit seeds will remind you of raw sunflower seeds. Eat or drink them whole or chopped, the seeds give a small crunch to the fruit’s taste.
How to open
Make it easier to cut thru passionfruit’s hardshell with a pointed serrated knife. Place the fruit on a cutting board. Hold the fruit securely from the sides, use the knife’s point to “stab” the middle of the fruit. Start slicing around the fruit from this opening. Although a spoon works well as a scoop, a grapefruit spoon is terrific for scooping out the insides from the shell.
Wrinkled when ripe
It’s such gorgeous fruit when harvested, but wait! It gets sweeter as it wrinkles, so wait a bit before opening.
Many colors, same great taste
Passionfruit can be one of many colors on the outside. Green to purple, passionfruit’s great taste is still inside.
It’s a fun and tasty addition to almost any dish. No need for recipes, just toss into a salad dressing or simply scoop a passionfruit on top. Bake passionfruit into a cake or stir it into a topping or simply add a passionfruit to top the cake. Or better yet, do all three.
just doing her job
Hard to tell in this photo, but that golden dust on this bee’s body is crucial for pollinating that passionfruit flower so a fruit will emerge. Click button to see close up.
Freeze to enjoy when out of season
Of course, passionfruit can be frozen into frozen desserts. But passionfruit can also be frozen so you can enjoy it when it’s out of season. See how…
7 no-recipe ideas
Passionfruit’s great simply raw, enjoyed by the spoonful. Here are 7 ways to enjoy.
Tempted to cook, bake, fry or freeze this fruit?
Whatever the recipe calls for, add an additional passionfruit for the chef to enjoy while preparing their passionfruit dish.
Remember, passionfruit sweetens as it wrinkles.
Jiggle to harvest
You don’t pick passionfruit. Passionfruit tells you when it’s good and ready to be harvested. Since the fruit can’t talk, you have to jiggle a bit. If it’s good and ready to be picked, it will fall in your basket.
Grown in Southern Florida
Grown on both coasts in semi-tropical South Florida, passionfruit grows as a vine. Trellises, much like what’s used for grapes, are set-up for their growth.