PASSION FRUIT

The passion fruit is a small, spherical vine fruit with a purple leathery shell. Inside, the golden-yellow pulp has a sweet-tart citrus flavour and contains an abundance of small, black edible seeds.

The purple variety of passion fruit is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina. There are also yellow and pink varieties.

PASSION FRUIT are classed as a fruit.

Tips

Eat as they are, spoon over desserts or use to make sauces, ice-creams, sorbets, juices and smoothies.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 41 kcal, 172 kJ; protein 0.9g; carbohydrate 9.9g; fat 0.3g.

Preparation

Cut in half and scoop out the juice and seeds with a spoon. The seeds can be sieved out if preferred.

Storage

Store in a cool, dry place for as long as it takes for the fruit to wrinkle and shrivel.

Choosing

Choose fruit that feel heavy for their size. The shell should be a deep purple colour and unblemished. Passion Fruit are best eaten when they are wrinkly and shrivelled - this is when they are sweetest.

Fun Fact

Passion Fruit derives its name from its flower (Passion Flower), which is said to symbolise the passion of Christ or, more specifically, his crucifixion. The devout can identify the three nails, the sponge soaked in vinegar, the wounds, the crown of thorns, and the apostles.

Availability

Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

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Kenya
South Africa
Zambia
Zimbabwee