Passion fruit’s intensely sweet and tart flavor profile brings instant elegance and an exotic flair to any dish or beverage. Read on to learn all there is to know about this tropical treasure.
Flavor and Appearance of Passionfruit
Passion fruit is bright, acidic, and fairly sweet with a fruity and musky aroma. Its flavor profile is most comparable to guava but is also reminiscent of citrus fruit.
Inside, it’s filled with translucent golden pulp that encases hundreds of dark, teardrop-shaped seeds. Depending on the variety, passion fruit skin can be deep purple or lemon yellow.
When buying passion fruit, try to find ones with a wrinkly outer skin that has no cuts or deep bruising. Passion fruit wrinkles when it’s at its ripest and sweetest.
Can you eat passion fruit seeds?
Yes, you can. The seeds are perfectly safe to eat and have a wonderful crunchy texture and tart flavor that compliments the sweet and juicy passion fruit pulp. The skin and inner rind, however, are not generally eaten and can taste quite bitter.
How to Use Passionfruit
Passion fruit has a pronounced muskiness and acidity that can be used to breathe life into drinks, desserts, and even savory dishes.
Blend it with citrus and tropical fruits to make vibrant smoothies, juices, and cocktails. To elevate desserts with rich and creamy flavor profiles, finish them with a drizzle of sweet passion fruit sauce.
Varieties of Passionfruit
Purple: Purple passion fruit is likely the sweet and tart fruit you’re most familiar with. It’s usually imported from South America as the plant is notoriously difficult to grow in other climates.
Yellow: Usually found in tropical countries, passion fruit with bright yellow skin is generally larger than the purple variety and has a less intense flavor.
Granadilla: Though sometimes labeled orange passion fruit, granadilla is actually just a close relative of passion fruit. Mostly grown around Central and South America, it has similar undertones but is much sweeter and less acidic. Its seeds are also much larger and the pulp is translucent white instead of yellow.