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How to Clean a Passion Fruit

You can learn how to clean the South American imported fruit, the passion fruit, so you can eat it immediately or cook with it in a multitude of recipes. Passion fruit provides a tasty, jelly-like center that provides both tartness and sweetness.

This is a close look at pieces of passion fruit on a wooden table.

No, we do not mean how to clean up the intro on the Drake song, “Passionfruit.” Just skip over that part and dance around to the beat while you wash your fruit and prepare your passion fruit for a delicious snack that tastes both astringent and tart, but in riper fruit becomes quite sweet.

This delectable South American fruit provides an instantly jelly-like sweet once you get to its center. It requires pesticides to grow in most areas and even organic fruit can pick up bacteria or viruses in transit. You should always wash your fruit before you prepare it or eat it, says the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The passion fruit or Passiflora edulis grows on a vine and originated in northern Argentina, southern Brazil, and Paraguay.

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Cleaning Your Passion Fruit

This is a close look at the sliced passion fruit pieces.

Your fresh passion fruit needs a bath before you munch it. While this has always been true, the prevalence of COVID-19 has made it more so. Cleaning your raw fruits and vegetables removes dangerous germs capable of making you ill, including E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella.

The steps to washing your fruit and thereby making yourself safer remain simple and easy to follow.

  1. You come first. Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap and freshwater, so you remove any unwanted substances such as germs from yourself before you handle the fruit or any kitchen utensils.
  2. Using dish washing liquid and clean water, wash your kitchen utensils and the surface you will use for food preparation, such as your countertop or chopping board.
  3. Grab your first passion fruit and wash it under running water. Scrub your passion fruit even though you do not eat the peel. You do this because when you cut into the fruit, any germs on its exterior can enter the fruit during the cut. This is true of organic fruit, too. You can use a fruit brush to completely clean the outside of the fruit.
  4. Use a specially formulated fruit wash or produce wash. Avoid using hand soap, dish washing detergent, or other commercial soap to wash passion fruit. Never use bleach solutions or other products designed for disinfecting the home. These are not food-safe!
  5. Examine your passion fruit. Isn’t it lovely? If you spot a bruised area or any damage to the fruit, you need to cut that part off of the fruit before you eat or prepare it. Use your clean paring knife to do this.
  6. Dry the passion fruit using a clean paper towel.
  7. Place your cleaned fruit in a bowl.
  8. Select your next passion fruit and repeat the cleaning process from three to step seven until you have washed each passion fruit separately.
  9. Store your passion fruits separately from raw animal foods (meat or fish). Within one hour of washing them, you need to refrigerate your fruit if the outside temperature reaches or exceeds 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, you have two hours after you clean them, peel them, cut them, or cook them to pop them in the fridge at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder in a clean container. (You can keep them in the bowl in which you collected them after drying them.)
  10. Repeat step two after you finish cleaning your fruit. This cleans off your countertops and cutting board plus utensils so that no germs or bacteria remain.

If that sounds a bit arduous, it keeps you safe. You reduce your chances of developing some awful disease such as E. coli poisoning. That makes it worth the few minutes it takes to clean your passion fruit.

Preparing Your Passion… Fruit

This is a close look at several pieces of sliced passion fruit.

If you want to immediately prepare and enjoy a bit of this delicious passion fruit, select a clean, dry fruit from your bowl. Place it on your clean cutting board. Using a paring or peeling knife, slice it in two. If the skin of the fruit seems particularly tough, try cutting it with a serrated knife. Avoid wasting the tasty juice inside.

The peel, skin, and white fruit meat inside are inedible. Do not try to eat them.

Scoop out the orange flesh and the seeds in the center of the pod. Place it in a clean container.

Toss the skin into the trash or your compost heap or the trash/food compactor. While you cannot eat it, you can repurpose it as fertilizer by composting it.

If you want to prepare all of your passion fruits now, continue cutting them open one at a time and scooping out the jelly-like centers. Put everything you can eat into your clean container. If you use a bowl with no cover, you will need to cover it in cling wrap to keep your fruit fresh and protect it from germs.

Store it in the fridge. You can store the fruit meat in a zippered freezer bag or in a plastic ware container with a matching lid.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? We have answers about these delicious South American passion fruits.

How do you know the passion fruit is ready for eating?

Be careful of unripe passion fruit. It will turn you off of this delicious fruit forever or until some kind soul convinces you to try one again. Look for a wrinkled exterior and soft outer peel. Shake the fruit.

If you hear a lot of sloshing, it contains a lot of seeds and pulp. Choose a purple fruit for it to be ready to eat when you get it home. Those in red or yellow hues have yet to ripen, so you will need to wait to eat them.

If the fruit looks green it has a long way to go before ripening. Avoid buying those and go for the purple. Smell the passion fruit. If it has no aroma, it has not ripened.

What can you make with this fruit?

You can do much more with this tasty fruit than just eat it straight out of its shell as it works well as an ingredient in many recipes. Use it to make what ancient civilizations referred to as “nectar of the gods.” That means passion fruit juice.

Strain out all of the passion fruit seed first and add just a bit of sugar for flavor. Use it as the main ingredient in making fruit jam or jelly. It tastes wonderful on toast or a cinnamon raisin bagel.

You will need to puree it to add to jelly recipes. Add passion fruit to yogurt, whether plain or flavored, such as vanilla. It sweetens the yogurt and adds to its nutritional value.

Similarly, it goes well with ice cream and sorbet. You can also serve it with other fruits, especially citrus, coconut, and chocolate.

How do you prepare this fruit for use in recipes?

You need to make the pulp into a liquid for use in most recipes. Heat the passion fruit pulp in the microwave or on low heat on the stove to liquefy it. While warm, strain it using a fine sieve or sifter to remove all of the seeds.

You can keep the seeds and serve them as a garnish or toast them to munch as a crunchy snack. It takes between 10 to 12 passion fruits to make a single cup of pulp. It will resemble a simple syrup.

You can easily clean passion fruit and enjoy it in many ways. These delicious fruits provide a sweet treat that tastes great on its own or as an ingredient in other recipes. If you grow them in a hothouse or greenhouse, you can also enjoy the passionflower which grows on the vine of this tropical fruit.

The passion fruit vine produces beautiful ornamental flowers while also providing you with fresh fruit.