Passionfruits are native to Brazil and part of the Passioflora species or which there are 350 varieties. Passionfruits grow prolifically on fragrant vines but when grown commercially the vines only last a couple of years. They are a delicacy that is readily available and inexpensive in Australia compared with Europe and North America.
Selection, Storage and Availability
Choose firm, heavy passionfruit. Choose unwrinkled skin where possible but the pulp from fruit with wrinkled skin is still delicious. Store in the refrigerator. Pulp can be frozen.
Halve and squeeze pulp directly into the mouth. Serve in a fruit salad as the acidity of passionfruit brings out the flavour of other fruit especially tropical fruit. Use juice in custards, icecreams and tarts.
Passionfruit is rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fibre.