To experience the real taste, it needs to be made fresh. Go on treat yourself to a pitcher of passion fruit juice, it's easier to make than you think.
How Passion Fruit Grows
The passion fruit grows on a vine like grapes sending out tendrils to grasp onto a surface such as a fence, wall or trees. It is a vigorous plant and has been known to overtake trees and even up onto the roof of houses. It is a plant that needs to be kept under control instead of pampered like some plants. It is a beautiful plant to look at with dark green leaves, exotic flowers and green fruit which turns yellow or purple, depending on the variety you are growing.
The year round availability means this is fast becoming one of our favorite juices in our home. It is quick and easy to prepare and full of vitamin C. It also has the added benefits of helping one to sleep.
The beautiful photo below shows the passion fruit vine, flower and fruit. The photo is used courtesy of Mary B Thorman.
How to Cut Passion Fruit
Start by cutting the passion fruit in half, from the stem to the bottom. You may need a bit of force to get through the skin, they can be a bit tough.
Be forewarned, the juice will start to ooze out. Separate the halves as quickly as possible to avoid this. Lay this with the cut side up as in the photo to retain all that juice inside.
Alternatively you can cut the top off and scoop it out with a teaspoon, as though it were a soft boiled egg.
Here in Brazil, they will use the empty shell of the fruit to place a candle in during religious festivals and parades.
Passion Fruit as a Sleeping Aid
Here in Brazil, many of the over the counter sleeping aids are from made using passion fruit. It helps to lower the blood pressure as well. Many people here know just how beneficial the various juices are and drink juice daily.
Some RITA products from Passion Fruit: