Passion fruit is the purple fruit from the tropical passion flower tree. Cut the passion fruit in two and scoop out the flesh and seeds inside and use them to adorn a meringue nest with fresh cream, decorate cup cakes, make a healthy breakfast with yogurt and honey or sprinkle them on hot bananas for dessert.
How to buy passion fruit
Buy passion fruit that is wrinkled, this means that it is ripe – if the skin is smooth and shiny it needs to ripen a few days in a bowl in the kitchen. The longer you leave eating it after the fruit has ripened, the drier the flesh gets so eat it just when it is ready.
How to prepare passion fruit
Cut it in half and scoop out the seeds and flesh, you can eat both.
Recipe ideas with passion fruit
Simple Passion Fruit: You can eat the passion fruit straight out of the halved fruit with a spoon.
Eton Mess: Mix the passion fruit seeds and flesh with crushed meringue and mascarpone or fromage frais for an exotic Eton Mess dessert.
Passion Fruit Meringue: Make or buy a meringue case, spread it with fresh sugared cream and just before serving, squeeze the passion fruit on top. (Recipe below for Meringue).
Yogurt with passion fruit: The flesh and seeds are splendid on top of Greek yogurt with honey for breakfast or dessert.
Exotic fruit salad: Make a simple stock syrup with a 1:1 ratio of water to granulated sugar (just melt it over medium heat, bring to the boil, turn the heat down and cook until thickened, then cool it). Add slices of fresh mango, banana and the passion fruit flesh and seeds and the juice of half a lime. Chill and serve with Greek yogurt. They way the passion fruit brings out the flavour of the other fruits is magical.
Custard and Passion Fruit: Serve it on top of a serving of fresh custard or creme anglaise (see recipe in link above to make your own or buy the custard).
Passion Fruit Panna Cotta: Spoon passion fruit over panna cotta (see recipe for panna cotta below).
Apple and Passion Fruit Crumble: Add passion fruit to the apples when you are making Crumble to make Apple and Passion fruit Crumble (see recipe above).
Hot Bananas with Passion Fruit: Fry banana halves in butter until golden (even better if you do it on a skillet or griddle pan), then spoon passion fruit and creme fraiche on the hot bananas.
Passion Fruit and Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie: Add the flesh and seeds of two passion fruits along with the juice of one lime to a blender with a large tub of vanilla yogurt and blitz for a passion fruit, Lime and Vanilla smoothie. Or use a plain yogurt and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Cup Cakes with Passion Fruit topping: Decorate your cup cakes with icing or cream frosting, then drizzle on passion fruit just before serving.
Health benefits of passion fruit Passion fruit is high in potassium, fibre, Vitamin C and betacarotene.