Passion fruit is an intriguing and mysterious fruit. From the tropics --- does it help make romance happen? Is it an aphrodisiac? More about its history is below. Passion fruit provides a delicious and unique flavor – but in fact, this fruit appears rather ugly. Surprise: passion fruit taste best when they are wrinkled! As epicurious says, “Passion fruit are that rarity in the produce world: fruit that taste better the worse they look”.
Botanically, passion fruit is the delicious fruit of several members of the passiflora family. It is really a type of berry – it is just a whole lot bigger than most of the berries we see in the USA.
1. Purple passion fruit:
2. Yellow passion fruit:
3. Giant granadilla:
Passion fruit has been cultivated for centuries. It is native to South America, but is now widely grown in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. We even produce small crops here in the USA --- in Florida, Southern California and Hawaii.
To enjoy passion fruit, simply cut open the fruit and scoop out the flesh and seeds inside. The flesh will be soft to slightly firm and very juicy --- and the numerous seeds are edible and delicious. There are lots of ways to enjoy passion fruit:
DRINKS: passion fruit may be juiced into a beverage or simply added to a cocktail. Passion fruit will enhance the aroma of other juices! Passion fruit juice is a very popular item for this reason.
DESSERTS: a favorite use of passion fruit is to spread the seeds, juice and flesh over desserts – this adds a unique and exotic appearance, plus it is delicious! In fact, if you are into gilding vanilla or chocolate ice cream, passion fruit is perfect:
SALADS: passion fruit adds a mild sweetness and crunchy texture to fresh salads.
SMOOTHIES and YOGURT: passion fruit may be stirred into fruit smoothies or fresh yogurt to add texture, sweetness and visual appeal.
So … why it is called “passion fruit”, anyway?
Some fans like to think it is because eating it makes you more passionate … the fruit of true romance, perhaps? ☺
However, the truth is … many think passion fruit was given its name by Brazilian missionaries around 1700.
They noticed the flowers of passiflora always had five petals, five sepals, and five stamens. They gave its name in Portuguese as flor das cinco chagas or “flower of the five wounds” to illustrate the crucifixion of Christ. The history of the name is interesting, but nothing compares to the beauty of a passion fruit flower:
A ripe passion fruit is bursting with fresh citrus aromas. Their taste has been described as a mixture mango, lemon, strawberries, honey and lime. We think they are delicious and fun. The best time to enjoy a passion fruit is when the outer skin is wrinkled. Try one and let us know what you think!
A single purple passion fruit averages just 17 calories, and contains 2 grams of dietary fiber! These are interesting and delicious fruits. There is much more nutrition information available via the links below.
Enjoy this refreshing and unique fruit the next time you are at the store! Just remember – they may look ugly, but they taste wonderful. Cheers. ☺
More information on passion fruit may be found here: