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Passiflora edulis is a vine species of passion flower that is native to Paraguay, Brazil and northern Argentina (Corrientes and Misiones provinces, among others). Common names include Passion fruit (UK and US) and Passionfruit (Australia and New Zealand).

The passion fruit is round to oval, either yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a soft to firm, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds. The fruit can be grown to be eaten or for its juice, which is often added to other fruit juices to enhance the aroma. The fruit shown are mature for juicing and culinary use.

The two types of passion fruit have clearly differing exterior appearances. The bright yellow variety of passion fruit, which is also known as the Golden Passion Fruit, can grow up to the size of a grapefruit, has a smooth, glossy, light and airy rind, and has been used as a rootstock for the Purple Passion Fruit in Australia. The dark purple passion fruit is smaller than a lemon, though it is less acidic than the yellow passion fruit, and has a richer aroma and flavor.

Passion Fruit is generally eaten fresh but may be cooked for use in sauces and fillings. Begin by cutting the fruit in half and scooping out the fleshy pulp with a spoon. Spoon the pulp over ice cream or other soft fruits. The pulp makes a delicious jam or jelly and the seeds add a unique crunchy texture. To remove seeds: Strain in a non-aluminum sieve, or use cheesecloth, squeezing to extract the juice.

Fruit color is green when they are immature, changing to shades of purple, red or yellow as they ripen. Leave at room temperature to ripen. The skin will wrinkle, but the fruit will not soften much. The more wrinkled the outside shell is, the sweeter the fruit inside. Once ripe, store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

How to eat a Passionfruit

How to eat a Passionfruit

Passion Fruit Cup

Passion Fruit Cup
Makes 2 servings

Each serving equals 1 1/2 cups of fruit or vegetables
Source: Produce for Better Health


    2 passion fruits
    1 Tbsp honey
    lime juice
    1 large kiwi, peeled and sliced
    1 banana, sliced
    1 cup red grapes seedless, cut in half

Cut the top from each passion fruit and scoop out the pulp. In a bowl, combine passion fruit with honey and lime juice to taste. Combine other fruits, toss gently and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 152, Protein 2g, Fat 1g, Calories From Fat 5%, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbohydrates 39g, Fiber 5g, Sodium 10mg.