North American grocery stores are filled with apples, bananas and oranges, but occasionally the produce section will be filled with a juicy fruit known as a passion fruit. Passion fruit may resemble a grapefruit, but once cut open they resemble nothing like it and are praised and enjoyed all over the world.


Identification

There are two types of passion fruit: Golden Passion Fruit and Purple Passion Fruit. The Golden Passion Fruit is about the size of a grapefruit and is an oval shape with a yellow color. The Purple Passion Fruit is smaller in size and features wrinkled skin that is the complete opposite of the Golden Passion Fruit’s smooth skin. The center of the passion fruit is a green moist fruit, embedded with seeds throughout the whole fruit. This is the same for both types of passion fruit.

History

Passion fruit originated in the tropical location of Brazil, along with other South American countries like Argentina and Paraguay. For a long time, the purple passion fruit was available, but through hybrids and seed formations, the Golden Passion Fruit was created and distributed throughout the United States, England and Australia.

Features

Passion fruit is a vine fruit and must be grown in hot climate in locations. In the United States, passion fruit is only grown in areas like Florida and California. A passion fruit vine can last around 7 years and needs something to support the growth like a large post or a tree. Once the passion fruit flowers have been pollinated, a fruit will be fully ripe in around 75 days.

Function

Passion fruit can be sliced and eaten on its own as an ordinary fruit, or crushed and turned into a nutritious juice. A lot of juice mixes will include passion fruit to add in taste as well as the pleasing smell that the fruit gives off. Passion fruit is also popular as a dessert and mixed with drinks, ice cream, and cake.

Geography

Worldwide, passion fruit is used for a variety of methods. In Hawaii, passion fruit is used as jelly for sandwiches, but it is referred to as Lilikoi instead of the English name. South Africa uses the fruit to enhance soft drinks and yogurt. Australians use passion fruit in many of their recipes and purchase it in cans along with obtaining it fresh from the vine.