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Look for fruit with smooth skin that’s free of discoloration and bruises. The skin should be a vibrant yellow, orange, or purple color. If the skin still has a greenish hue, that indicates it’s not fully ripe yet.

Green spots on the skin typically indicate that the fruit will be less juicy and sweet. The simplest way to eat passion fruit is to slice it in half with a sharp knife, scoop out the flesh and seeds, and eat it plain. One thing to keep in mind is that the membrane that separates the seeds from the peel is very tart, so if you eat that, you may want to add a bit of your favorite sweetener. You can also use passion fruit as a smoothie ingredient. It’s especially delicious paired with mango and banana. Some people enjoy eating passion fruit after heating it up. To try this, scoop the seeds and pulp into a small saucepan and warm slowly over low heat. Remove from the heat after a few minutes, mix with cream and sugar, and enjoy!

Passion fruit is also delicious served mashed or sliced on top of a salad or ice cream. Or, make your breakfast feel unusually indulgent by adding passion fruit to a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal. Growing Passionfruit Vines (Passiflora Edulis And Passiflora Edulis F. Flavicarpa) Growing passionfruit is too difficult here, they told me. The climate is too harsh, the soil is too poor, the termites will eat them, a wilt disease or the nematodes will get them. That was disheartening, because in most of Australia passionfruit is dead easy to grow . I have to admit that my climate and soil do present extreme challenges. I usually say, "If I can grow it, anybody can!" Well, I did eventually work out how to successfully grow passionfruit , even here. Passionfruit is one of the fruits that I give away by the shopping bag full. My kitchen bench is always full of them when they are in season, my fridge is full, the freezer is full of pulp, and I still eat last year's when next year's crop starts. I do have a little secret to growing passionfruit so successfully , beyond the growing methods that I explain below. I share that secret on the page where I talk about passionfruit in permaculture designs. Well, you already know it from my headline, the passionfruit is a climbing vine . More precisely, it is a very vigorous and fast growing climbing vine. Passionfruit vines have large, three lobed leaves, little tendrils that wrap themselves around whatever they can get hold of, and the most gorgeous flowers of all fruits in my garden. (Ok, after pineapples.) The fruit is either yellow or purple (depending on the variety, see below), round, and about 5-8 cm/2-3 inches across. It has a smooth, thick, pithy rind, filled with sweet, aromatic pulp, juice and seeds. Passionfruit vines climb up any support, readily and rapidly, and they climb as high as the support will allow. (Plus a bunch of lesser known passionfruits and related granadillas.) Passiflora edulis is the purple passionfruit. flavicarpa is the golden passionfruit , also called tropical passionfruit. The purple passionfruit is a native of Brazil and is the sweeter of the two. Nobody knows where the tropical passionfruit origi nated.

The tropical passionfruit is slightly bigger and slightly more acidic. Commercial growers in cooler climates often use hybrid varieties of the purple and golden passionfruit.

That way they get a plant with large fruit that tolerates cooler weather. The hybrids have all kinds of fancy names, SuperSweet, Lacey, Purple Gold etc. The variety Panama confuses people, because it can be purple.


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