How to choose, store and freeze passionfruit
One taste of the tropical sweet and tangy flavours of passionfruit and it’s easy to see why Aussies are so passionate about it! It’s the fruit that’s instantly associated with sunshine and pavlova, but you may be surprised to know it’s in season in both summer and winter.
Learn how to choose the best passionfruit and how to store them for maximum enjoyment.
How to choose passionfruit
- Look for plump passionfruit that feel heavy for their size
- Passionfruit have thick skin, so don’t worry about small scratches or marks as it won’t affect the pulp inside
- Fully coloured passionfruit will be riper, the colour may be purple, yellow or red depending on the variety
- A more wrinkled passionfruit isn’t necessarily riper. Passionfruit will wrinkle because of loss of moisture
- Avoid hard, very wrinkled or passionfruit that feel very light for their size
How to store passionfruit
Whole passionfruit can be stored at room temperature, they will keep for about 2 weeks. They can also be stored in a plastic bag or sealed container in the fridge to keep them from dehydrating. Passionfruit will keep for 1 month in the fridge. Store any cut passionfruit in the fridge.
How to freeze passionfruit
You can freeze passionfruit whole, simply defrost in the fridge before using. Or, scoop out the pulp and freeze in ice cube trays before popping them out into a freezer-safe bag or container. You can freeze passionfruit for up to 3 months.
How to prepare passionfruit
All the pulp and seeds inside a passionfruit are edible. The seeds add delicious crunch and nutrition.
If you’re using passionfruit pulp in a recipe including the seeds, simply cut the fruit in half and scoop out the pulp. If you don’t want seeds, you can scoop the pulp into a fine sieve over a bowl and press the pulp and juice through.
How much juice is in one passionfruit?
1 passionfruit will yield ~1 ½ tablespoons of pulp with seeds.
For 1 cup of passionfruit pulp with seeds, you'll need about 12 passionfruit.
What to do with passionfruit
Try some of the following ideas and recipes with your bounty of passionfruit!
- Stir it into your smoothie for a tangy fibre boost
- Drizzle on top of your morning cereal or oats
- Make it into passionfruit icing for vanilla slice, cakes or cupcakes
- Spoon it over ice cream or meringues
- Enjoy it on a cheese platter
- Add it to your favourite summer cocktail
- Cut off the top of the passionfruit to make a natural passionfruit cup. Enjoy as is, or add yoghurt and toppings