Passion fruits should be harvested just when they are changing colour to either purple or yellow depending on the variety of the passion fruit. However, unless you have a ready market that will absorb your passion fruit, one of the main questions that you will grapple with is how to preserve your bounty harvest of passion fruits long enough to use them without getting spoilt.
The best time to harvest the passion fruits is when the stems have wrinkled and the fruits are falling to the ground on their own. That is, however, not always the case. Oftentimes, the passion fruits are harvested before they are fully ripe.
The passion fruits will be glossy and with smooth skin. They are good to look at and might seem like delicious fruits but they are most likely not fully ripe. To ensure they are ripe and are at their sweetest, keep the passion fruits at room temperature until they begin to wrinkle a bit. That is when at they are at their sweetest.
- Once the passion fruits are ripe, refrigerate them.
- Wash the passion fruits before you put them in the fridge.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the passion fruit flesh and then store the flesh in ice cube trays. To every cup of passion fruit pulp, add three tablespoons of sugar.
- You can also mix a cup of the passion fruit pulp with a cup of sugar and stir the mixture over low heat until all the sugar has dissolved in the passion fruit pulp.
- Pour the mixture into a sterilised jar, seal and put in the deep freezer.
- In this condition, the passion fruit pulp can last for up to a duration of six to eight months so you will always have your fresh supply of passion fruit pulp almost throughout the year.
- While the six month time-frame is for the best quality, any food put in the freezer will stay fresh indefinitely so if you have lots of passion fruit that you plan on consuming over the next one year, you can store the pulp in this way without worrying about the passion fruit getting spoilt.