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Passionfruit Recipes

Updated on February 13, 2013

Even the name gives it an exotic flavour. It has been used for years in traditional medicine in a number of countries around the world, especially as a calming tonic for hyperactive children as well as adults. Today, research has thrown up evidence that it inhibits the growth of cancer cells. The fruit is high in fibre content – that’s if you eat it with the seeds - as well as potassium and Vitamins A and C.


So what can you do with passionfruit? The unusual, exotic flavour lends itself to a number of recipes. You first need to cut the fruit in half and scoop out the orange pulp inside.

Passionfruit Juice

The first thing that comes to mind! You can strain the pulp through a sieve, squeezing out every bit of it, or you can put the pulp with the seeds through a blender and strain. Then, mix with water and sugar and enjoy! How concentrated or dilute to make it is up to you. Some like the tartness, others prefer it to be watered down and enjoy the light, exotic flavour.

I usually make a syrup and store it in the refrigerator. I bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar to the boil, cool it and add the strained pulp of 10 passionfruits. In a glass, I add 1/3 of this concentrate to 2/3 cold club soda for a refreshing drink. Add a bit of Bacardi and it’s a cocktail to die for!

Passionfruit Salad

Mix together cucumbers - diced, onions – cut in rings, feta cheese or mozzarella cheese – cubed (I also use paneer, the Indian cottage cheese), iceberg lettuce – shredded, cherry tomatoes and basil. Blend together olive oil, cider vinegar, salt, honey, chilli flakes and passionfruit pulp and mix through the other ingredients. You can add a few croutons just before serving (optional).

Passionfruit Desserts

Yoghurt Dessert

Line a large sieve with cheesecloth and put in 2 cups of yoghurt so any excess whey drips off. Whisk it with 2 teaspoonfuls of passionfruit pulp and 3 teaspoonfuls of sugar, powdered (optional). Serve in bowls with a teaspoon of passionfruit pulp with the seeds spooned over.

Gelatine Dessert

Soak 1 level tablespoon powdered gelatine in 1/2 cup of warm water for 15 minutes. Mix together the pulp of 7 passionfruits (sieved), 1 cup milk, 1 cup thick cream and 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk. Mix in the dissolved gelatine (you can heat it a bit in a double boiler if it hasn’t dissolved). Leave in the refrigerator overnight to set.

Passionfruit Liqueur

Remy Cointreau makes one of the most exotic liqueurs with passionfruit and it’s called Passoa. It’s smooth, it’s sweet, it’s heady. If you want to make something at home with passionfruit, put the pulp of 10 passionfruit into ½ a bottle of brandy, add a cup of sugar and put it away for 6 months – a year if you can! Strain and enjoy!

We get such a large crop every year from our garden so I freeze a lot of the pulp and there's enough to last us till the next crop is ready.

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      Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

      Lovely recipe ideas, Shalini. I love the flavour of passionfruit, but I'm not so keen on the pips!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Amanda - my husband doesn't either so I tend to strain it more often than not! Thanks for reading - always great to see you :)

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Beautiful recipes. Thanks for adding to my collection of delicious ideas...

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

      I need to visit you before your stock runs out! :P

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thanks as always for stopping by, breakfastpop!

      FP - anytime - you know that :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I really like this hub, Shalini. Although Passionfruit is a bit of a rarity where I live, I could probably find it if I really tried. I like how you have "drink" recipes (it's an added bonus!) in addition to food recipes. Bookmarked!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thank you Dohn! 'Spiked' passionfruit juice sends you straight to seventh heaven :D

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      Jaspal 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wow, I did not know you get passion fruit in Pune too. We used to enjoy it in the North East, particularly in and around Shillong. Just pluck from the plant, cut off a bit of the hard purple shell, scoop out and eat the pulp as it is. It's really a fruit to die for.

      I must try making some Passoa whenever I next lay hands on some of this fruit.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Haven't really seen them around - but we planted a cutting and it grew so obviously, the climate's good for it. We have the yellow-skinned variety though.

      That recipe up there is a poor apology for a liqueur - nothing like the real thing :)

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      great ideas. Passion fruit juice is delicous. thank you

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Dim - it is, isn't it? Thanks for reading!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      I did not know there was a passionfruit liqueur. Interesting Hub :) -Tammy

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      Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

      Definitely bookmarking this. Found an entire field of them last summer growing wild and collected the seeds to plant them.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Tammy - yes there is and it's got an exotic taste - try it :) Thanks for reading!

      Jerilee - how wonderful! And they bear fruit very quickly so you don't need to wait like you have to for a lot of fruit trees. Always nice to see you - thanks for coming by!

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      Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      These look delicious. I'm definitely trying out some of these recipes! Thanks, Shalini!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hope you like what you try out, Jess!

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      Hi Shalini not only are u beautiful but boy can you cook x0

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Deb - you're such a pet - thanks for coming by and reading :)

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What glorious recipes. In the northeast USA where I live, passion fruit is hard to come by. Every now and again a specialty store will carry it fresh, but it's rare. I envy you and the others who have commented that you can go outside and pick the fruits off their trees!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi ST - something to share with you when you make a trip to India :) Thanks for coming by!

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      Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

      Shalini, I never thought that passion fruits were the real thing until I seen one opened a year or so ago! The insides were sorta creepy--but I agree, the passion fruit juice if marvelous! You are truly blessed to have a garden of these!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      AIDY - yes, it does look a bit gooey at first but it's got a delicious taste and flavour! Thanks for reading!

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      I don't know why but I was never a fan of this fruit. Maybe I'll try it again as my wife loves it. I need to get my clothes on first before I go though, ;)

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi C - yes, maybe you should! In Bogota, student chefs are testing a passionfruit dessert laced with Viagra!

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Wow i will have to try some of these recipes thanks for sharing

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thanks Coolmom2009 :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I LOVE passion fruit! Thanks for the tips!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      I do hope you enjoy them - thanks, habee!

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Well, you lucky-ducky to have passionfruit in your garden! These recipes sound so delicious. But I think I have never seen a fresh ripe passionfruit, just canned. Shucks. And I will have to look in the grocery store to see...

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thanks for reading, frogyfish - you could try planting it - it's a creeper and requires very little looking after :)

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      Never enough time to get to every one as I should but I read you all I can and bookmark. All great hubs.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thanks so much for remembering to come by, Pollyannalana!

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      laine harrison 5 years ago

      ill surely try some of these recipes!

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thanks Laine - I'm sure you'll like them!

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      Vibhavari 5 years ago from India

      Yummy Hub Shalini! I will come over to taste some of these passion fruit goodies!! It is a good ingredient in cocktails and mocktails too.

      I love the flavor of passion fruit and passion fruit juice tastes lovely mixed with a bit of vodka :D

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Hi Vibha - vodka and passionfruit juice it is - say when :D

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