Varieties: There are four varieties of passionfruit: purple passionfruits are the most common and widely available variety. They are egg-sized with a dark purple shell which dulls and wrinkles as they ripen, and orange pulp with edible black seeds.Yellow passionfruits have a hard yellow skin with pale yellow pulp and an acidic taste; banana passionfruits are elongated and oval in shape with tart-tasting pulp; and Panama passionfruits have hard pink shells with sharp, but sweet, yellow pulp.
Buying: Look for passionfruits that are medium-sized and feel heavy. The sweetest passionfruit will have smooth to slightly wrinkled skin and a slightly sweet scent.
Storing: Ripe passionfruits can be stored at room temperature for up to 10 days, and refrigerated for up to a month. The fruit can be frozen whole, and pulp can be frozen in airtight plastic bags or containers for up to six months.
Preparing: Passionfruit has a distinct tangy-sweet taste.The pulp can be eaten raw on its own or added to fruit salads, salsas, muesli, yoghurt, biscuits and pavlovas.
4 quick ways with passionfruit
Beat the heat with homemade ice-blocks. For a creamy treat, blend 2 ripe bananas with 1 cup low-fat Greek yoghurt, the pulp from 2 passionfruits and 1 teaspoon sugar. Freeze overnight in moulds with paddle pop sticks. For dairy-free ice-blocks, replace yoghurt with an equal amount orange or apple juice.
Make jam! In a saucepan, gently heat 250g mashed banana, pulp from 2 passionfruits and 1/3 cup sugar for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and add 1 tablespoon lemon zest and juice, 2 tablespoons reduced-sugar pectin and 2/3 cup water. Simmer for 20 minutes, then transfer to sealable glass jars to cool.
Add some punch to your pancakes! Combine 1 cup self-raising flour with 1 egg and 1 cup skim milk. Whisk in 1/4 cup passionfruit pulp and mix well. Cook spoonfuls of mixture over low heat for several minutes; flip pancakes when bubbles appear on surface and edges turn golden brown. Serve with honey, yoghurt and extra passionfruit pulp.
For a deliciously healthy (and easy) breakfast, mix passionfruit pulp with light cream cheese and spread over wholemeal or raisin toast. Top with sliced fruit (we like strawberries) and sprinkle over chopped nuts, such as pecans, for some crunch.
Did you know? One cup of passionfruit pulp has more than 30g fibre. Additionally, preliminary research from the US indicates that flavanoids found in passionfruit juice may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.