Passion Fruit Ripening
How to Tell if a Passion Fruit is ripe and ready to eat.
Passion fruit is a vine fruit, native to Brazil, Paraguay, and north Argentina, but most commonly grown and harvested in New Zeland and the US. http://www.melissas.com/Passion-Fruit-p/278.htm
Passion fruit is available most of the year and is most commonly found in specialty grocery stores. When you are selecting the fruit in the store, you want to make sure that it is at a ripening stage suitable for your time of consumption. Below is a visual guide to the ripening process of passion fruit:
It's most common for passion fruit to ripen within 3-5 days after your purchase. By this diagram, you can see how the passion fruit starts and how it looks when it's ready to be consumed.
Here are a couple characteristics to note, that could help you understand the Passion Fruit ripening process.
How do you know when passion fruit is ripe?
1) When the passion fruit is on the vine, it's color will be green.
2) Once it starts to turn purple it means that it has entered the ripening process. Note: Tropical Passion fruit will be yellow.
3) Passion fruit is usually harvested at the first signs on turning purple, so it will continue to ripen on it's journey to the grocery store
4) Check the fruit to make sure it is firm, with slight give to light pressure
5) The skin is the telling sign when the fruit it ripe. If the skin is all wrinkly its ripe and ready use.
Here are a couple of our favorite ways to use Passion Fruit:
Passion Fruit Cocktail (recipe)
Sweet Lemon Passion Fruit Salad Dressing (recipe)
Strawberry-Banana-Passion Fruit Smoothie (recipe)