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How to Preserve Passion Fruit Pulp

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.

Passion Fruit Pulp
Passion Fruit Pulp

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.

Extracted Passion Fruit Pulp With Seeds
Extracted Passion Fruit Pulp With Seeds

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.
Packaged Passion Fruit Pulp for Sale
Packaged Passion Fruit Pulp for Sale

Passion Fruit Glut? Here are Some Good Preservation Tips

Experiencing a passion fruit bumper harvest? One of the things that will be on your minds is how to preserve your passion fruit for a longer duration of time so that you can always use it on your desserts, icing, ice creams or passion fruit juices.

Passion Fruit Harvest
Passion Fruit Harvest

Here is the good thing: with the right preservation strategy, you can keep your passion fruit fresh for up to 12 months! You have to decide what kind of preservation you want. You could go with two main options:

  • Preserving the passion fruit pulp: This is the best and most convenient way to preserve your passion fruit and will keep it fresh for months or even a year! This simply involves scooping the passion fruit pulp, mixing it with sugar and deep freezing the passion fruit.
  • Preserving the whole passion fruit: Allows to keep you the passion fruit fresh for up to 5 to 6 weeks. Techniques include storing the passion fruits in a cool and dry place, ensuring the skin surface is not injured etc

When preserving the passion fruit pulp, consider the following simple procedure:-

  • Scoop passion fruit pulp
  • Mix with sugar and stir
  • Boil the mixture a little
  • Pour the mixture into a sterilised jar and seal
  • Deep freeze the mixture

Remember, don’t boil, just bring it closer to the boil. Boiling too much will thicken the mixture making it difficult to pour into the sterilised jars.