PASSION, turn to the left. PASSION, turn to the right. P-P-P-Passion Fruit.

September 12th, 2011  |  Published in Culinary Creative, Drink, Feature, From the Garden, Recipes  |  5 Comments

It’s passion fruit central here at Culinary Creative.

Passion Fruit treeRecently, my husband and I moved into a new house. It’s a small house on a good-sized lot in the heart of South Park. Our yard has a huge, soon to be bountiful garden, as well as two fig trees, two guava trees, a mulberry tree, apple, pear, lime, lemon, orange, and grapefruit trees—and a PASSION Fruit tree. We are knee-deep in passion fruit. Our house is filled with brimming bowls of wine colored, sweet-smelling passion fruit. As a result, my mission has been two-fold: figure out what the hell to concoct with all this fruit and invite good friends over to enjoy it.

So far, everything we’ve created has involved liquor. So here’s my contribution to your drinking happiness.

But first, here’s how to pick a good fruit:

Sliced Passion FruitPassion fruit should be dark purple and wrinkled—the more wrinkled it is, the sweeter it is. The lighter colored fruits tend to be tart (which I really like actually, since I don’t have a strong sweet tooth). As this fruit ripens, it thickens inside the shell. Slice it in half and scoop out the insides—seeds and all. It’s good on rice, salads, oatmeal, yogurt, in smoothies, over ice cream, crème brulee, and cheesecake. I’ve even had it as a delicious sauce over large juicy prawns.

Make no mistake: Passion fruit is delightful.

Passion Fruit Simple SyrupPassion Fruit simple syrup

2 cups water
1 cup sugar
pulp from 4-5 ripe Passion Fruits (slice open and scrape everything into a bowl)
pulp from 2 more Passion Fruits (reserve for later)

Dissolve sugar in the water—bring to a boil, then turn to med-high heat (liquid should be at a low boil) stirring occasionally. Boil for ten to twenty minutes, or until liquid is reduced by “about” half. Reduce heat to low and add all but two of the fruits. Simmer for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add the remaining two fruits (this adds a nice fresh flavor). Let sit at room temperature for about five minutes. Strain and refrigerate. Makes one cup.

Simple Syrup should not last more than one night of drinking cocktails with good friends, but will last in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Great for use in drinks and over deserts.

Passion Margaritas for Four

This recipe renders enough to serve eight margaritas. In a pitcher that your best friend gave you last Christmas (any pitcher will do), mix together:

1 cup “good” silver or white tequila
2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
½ tsp. black sea salt (or kosher is fine too)
¼ cup Passion Fruit Simple Syrup (to taste, really you can add as little or as much you would like); or the strained juice from ten to fifteen Passion Fruits.

Fill four glasses with cubed ice (crushed ice tends to water this down). Pour margarita mixture over ice and top with Cointreau or Grand Marnier as desired.

Serve, drink, and smile. Repeat.

Gin and Passion Juice

juice from 1 fresh squeezed orange
strained liquid from 5 or so Passion Fruits
one oz. Hendrick’s Gin

Shake (the contents, not your body, though that’s fun too) with ice and strain, or pour over ice. Thank me later.

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  • That passion fruit sounds ahhhhmazing! Think I'm going to make some to drizzle over a warm pound cake. Gorgeous photos too!


    Lately I have been buying Passion Fruit at the Little Italy Farmers Market (San Diego) every week.
    I put one in my morning smoothie every day.
    Jeniffer, any advice for separating the seeds?

  • Would love to be able to have fresh passion fruit ripe for the picking in my back yard!

  • @Jenny – that is such a great idea. Let's photograph it too! – that sounds delicious – I like to have one over oatmeal too. I don't mind the seeds, but they tend to get bitter if you blend them – say in a smoothie. My best method is a fine mesh strainer:

    @steve – it is pretty fabulous!

  • Diane

    I saw a passion fruit vine for sale at 99 Ranch today and almost bought it. I've had them before and the fruit is almost magical–I always wanted to write a cookbook just on passion fruit. This article may inspire me!