Native to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, the Passion Fruit is now produced in many sub tropic regions, including Australia, Indonesia, and Hawaii. The vine that produces these delicious but unusual fruits gives the Passion Fruit its name, as the flowers from the vine have some resemblance to the symbolism found in the Passion of the Christ. The Spanish missionaries that observed the plant around the time of its domestication felt that the symbolism could not be ignored, and thus the name Passion Fruit was born. Paired with our Ugli fruit in April for our HarvestClub Exotica members, many people mix this fruit up with its citrus counterpart, claiming it as the “uglier” of the two. The dark purple outer skin gets heavily wrinkled as the fruit ripens, and is filled with yellowish green seeds in a jelly-like pulp. The fruit is generally cut, and then the seeds are scooped out to be consumed, either raw, or with other ingredients in a vast number of dessert or drink recipes.
Passion Fruit Availability
Papaya are generally available year round, however, The Fruit Company only brings this fruit in for our HarvestClub Exotica and HarvestClub Medley members in September.
Passion Fruit Taste & Ripeness
Even though it may not look it, the ripe and wrinkled passion fruit is bursting with tropical flavors that make you dream of life on a beach. As a sweet blending of pineapple, papaya, mango and guava flavors, it’s not hard to understand why so many tropical fruit juices feature the passion fruit. Simply cut the golf ball sized fruit in half and scoop out the seeds to add to either dessert or drink.