A Passion for Passionfruit

It has been all science here in my kitchen, this week.  I’ve been doing experiments on the different varieties of passionfruit that I can find at the grocery store, and I am pleased to announce the results:

I am obsessed with passionfruit.DSCF9006

It doesn’t seem to matter what kind they are, I love them.  The smell when you cut them open… the weird seeds and smushy bits… the sour sweet taste… I feel like I’m on a tropical holiday when I get to eat a passion fruit.

The two types of passionfruit I’ve found locally are yellow (the bright orange one with the “Granadilla” sticker, because that’s how they’re known in South Africa) and purple.  Both release an intense burst of tropical smell when you cut into them (which I recommend you do with a serrated knife, and on a cutting board).


The purple variety holds itself together a bit better…


… while the orange variety seems to make for a slimier, but slightly sweeter, mess of passionfruit.


While looking for passionfruit recipes, I came across some divine ideas, including the following:

  • Squeeze a passionfruit over baked apples
  • Squeeze a passionfruit over strawberries (as Nigel Slater says, it will enliven ones that are “underwhelmingly ripe”)
  • Use them to flavour drinks
  • Make passionfruit mousse, sorbet, granita, or cake
  • Top a pavlova (big meringue!)
  • Make jam, or even a savoury marinade for chicken

But none of these appealed to me quite so much as my favourite way to eat them, which I now present to you in recipe form.  Enjoy it.

Passionfruit Passion

  • 2 ripe passionfruit (purple, yellow, or both)

Slice passionfruit open with a serrated knife over a small bowl.  Eat with a spoon, seeds and all!


Rejoice in the texture combination of slimy pulp and crunchy seeds, and giggle at the inside of the shell, which definitely looks like an alien life form.

And don’t forget to inhale.  Ahhhh, paradise!

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Categories: Breakfast & Brunch, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian


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4 Comments on “A Passion for Passionfruit”

  1. May 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Honestly, Passionfruit literally scares the hell out of me. Never had the nads to eat that slimy crunchy inside.

    BUT you only live once, I suppose its worth a shot.

    • May 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

      Haha, my theory is that it’s a fruit… how scary can it really be?

      And you know what, it’s absolutely worth it.

      Why not try it first as a flavouring in something so that the texture doesn’t get you, but you get the flavour?

      • May 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

        Damn good idea I suppose. Its really the last fruit, next to Durian, I won’t eat…nothing like challenging oneself. I’ll start with juicing it 🙂


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