A single passion fruit is loaded with more than 300 black seeds which are edible. Passion fruits also have a unique and complex taste like aroma. While the taste is a little tropical, it is also citrusy, sweet and tart all at one go. There are more than two hundred varieties of passion fruits planted globally. While the purple-black skinned variety of passion fruits is still the most popular, the yellow passion fruit variety is also growing in popularity with many consumers globally. It is best for processing passion fruit juices.
When fully ripe, the skin of the passion fruit will be wrinkled and brittle but don’t be turned off by the look of the skin. Inside the passion fruit, you will find a very succulent yellow flesh. A single passion fruit consists of about 16 calories and is packed with lots of vitamins A and C. Passion fruit is also a great source of fibre when it is eaten with the seeds.
When growing passion fruits, it is important to ensure that the passion fruit plant is on a very strong support system. Usually, a trellis or trellising system is used when growing the passion fruit.
The passion fruit plant will grow to about 20 feet every year and can easily take over a support system such as fencing or tree. Once grown, the passion fruit will keep on fruiting for 8 years before you will need to replace it.
Making a Passion Fruit Salad dressing
One of the best way to consume passion fruit is by making a sweet tart salad dressing of passion fruits with strawberries and baby spinach or even a salad consisting of greens, pear slices as well as blue cheese crumbles.
The ingredients that you will need for its preparation include the following:-
- Two to three passion fruits
- A half a cup of extra virgin olive oil
- A tablespoon of lime juice
- A tablespoon of vinegar
- Two tablespoons of honey
- A quarter tablespoon of salt
Directions for Preparations
- Slice the passion fruit into half and scrap off the passion fruit pulp along with the seeds into a saucepan. Cook the passion fruit pulp over low heat until it comes close to the boiling point and then remove it from the heat.
- The strain the passion fruit pulp through a fine sieve or a colander and get rid of the seeds. Allow the passion fruit juice to cool down.
- Place the cooled passion fruit into a blender jar alongside the olive oil, vinegar, honey, lime juice and salt and blend the mixture until it is smooth.
- Store the passion fruit salad dressing in a refrigerator for duration of up to a week. You can stir and shake the blend before you use it.