How to cook with Passion Fruit

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Passion fruit is the purple fruit from the tropical passion flower tree. Cut the passion fruit in two and scoop out the flesh and seeds inside and use to fill meringue nests, decorate cupcakes, make a healthy breakfast with yogurt and honey or sprinkle the seeds over bananas fried in butter for dessert.

How to buy passion fruit – when is a passion fruit ripe?
Buy a passion fruit that feels heavy in the hand which means that it is full of juice. If it is light and you can squash it easily, it has dried out. The skin should be wrinkled – if the skin is smooth and shiny, leave it to ripen for a few days in a bowl in the kitchen.

How to prepare passion fruit
Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the seeds and flesh – you can eat both.

Recipe ideas with passion fruit

Make Passion Fruit Eton Mess: Mix the passion fruit seeds and flesh with crushed meringue and whipped cream or fromage frais which you have sweetened with icing sugar.

Passion Fruit Meringue: Make or buy a meringue case, spread it with sweetened stiffly-whipped cream and just before serving, squeeze the passion fruit on top.

Yogurt with passion fruit: Drizzle the flesh, seeds and juice on top of chilled thick Greek yogurt with honey for breakfast or dessert.

Exotic fruit salad: Make a simple stock syrup with a 1:1 ratio of water of sugar (just melt the sugar in the water over medium heat, bring to the boil, turn the heat down and cook until thickened, then cool). Add slices of fresh mango, banana and the passion fruit flesh and seeds and the juice of half a lime to the stock syrup. Chill.

Custard and Passion Fruit: Squeeze passion fruit on top of a serving of fresh custard or Crème Anglaise.

Passion Fruit Panna Cotta: Spoon passion fruit over vanilla panna cotta.

Apple and Passion Fruit Crumble: Add passion fruit to the cooked apples when you are making an apple crumble.

Hot Bananas with Passion Fruit: Fry banana halves in butter until golden (even better if you do it on a skillet or griddle pan) and spoon over passion fruit and crème fraîche.

Passion Fruit and Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie: Add the flesh and seeds of two passion fruit along with the juice of one lime to a blender with a large tub of vanilla yogurt and blitz for a Passion fruit, Lime and Vanilla smoothie. Or use a plain yogurt and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Cupcakes with Passion Fruit Topping: Decorate cup cakes with icing or cream frosting and drizzle over passion fruit just before serving.

Victoria Sponge with Passion Fruit filling: Fill a Victoria Sponge with mascarpone mixed with fromage frais and sweetened with icing sugar; fold in the passion fruit flesh and seeds and use to fill the sponge. Top the sponge with more of the mascarpone mixture and drizzle over more passion fruit. It’s best to do this just before serving.

Health benefits of passion fruit
Passion fruit is high in potassium, fibre, Vitamin C and betacarotene.

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