• Diane Lawton

The best passion fruit salsa

Updated: Oct 17



Passion fruit and its tiny black edible seeds, (or maracuyá as it’s called in Spain), can be sour on its own straight from the fruit. I have learned by experimentation that it pairs well with a sweetener, like honey or agave. Add these with a kick of ginger into a blender to make a delicious salsa in minutes.


The finished salsa (or sauce) is a stunning topping to meat, fish, salads or potatoes. It could also be a delicious treat added to desserts or smoothies.


The fruit comes from a climbing vine with beautiful flowers. Sadly the word passion has nothing to do with it being an aphrodisiac food! Christian missionaries gave the vine its name because parts of the flowers resembled Christian teachings of the Passion. However, Passion Fruit contains B vitamins, potassium, iron, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, magnesium and phosphorous, all wonderful antioxidants.


The colour of passion fruit is usually purple or golden yellow. It is egg shaped and the skin is quite hard. It wrinkles as it ripens. Passion fruit is grown in parts Spain particularly the Canary Islands, parts of South America, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Florida, South Africa, Israel and India. A friend in Lanzarote, had a glut of the fruits in his garden and gave me a bag which yielded 1.5kg of the unpeeled fruit.


Passion Fruits

Serves: 8-12 portions

Grade: Super Easy:

Taste Test: Amazing

Unsure of the conversion of measurements in different countries? Use this link.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg passion fruit resulted in 500 ml of passion fruit pulp, complete with seeds

  • 1/3rd jar honey

  • Big thumb of ginger, peeled and chopped fine


Pulp and seeds of passion fruit

Method

  1. Cut the hard skin in half with a sharp knife. Carefully scoop out the pulp and seeds with a spoon into a clean blender.

  2. Peel the ginger by scraping it off with the tip of a teaspoon, then chop into small pieces and add to blender.

  3. Add the 1/3 jar of honey. Add lid to blender and blend for a minute on high speed,

  4. Pour the mixture in a saucepan scopping out the syrupy mixture with a spatular.

  5. Bring the mix to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat to a simmer, and watch until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, appoximately 10 minutes.

  6. Set aside to cool.

  7. Use immediately or place in ice cube trays or small containers and freeze.

Chefs Tips and Tricks


Generally the fruit isn’t harvested by being picked from the vine, it is better and ready to eat when it falls off the plant. After picking passion fruit, you can store them for a week or more in the refrigerator. When picking passion fruit, place them in boxes or crates where air can circulate. Don’t use a plastic bag to store it, as the fruit can mold.

100 grams of fresh pulp contain just 97 calories.

Passion fruit can also be purchased in cans or frozen.


There are several cocktails using passion fruit syrup


  • Warsaw Splendor: uses an alchemy of vodka, passion fruit syrup, lime, elderberry cordial and apricot brandy

  • Pornstar Martini uses 1½ Parts Vodka, ¾ Part Passion Fruit Purée, ½ Part Vanilla Syrup, 1 Slice Pineapple, 1 Half Passion fruit

  • It is best to make a syrup of the passion fruit first. I took the recipie link from Liza at Garlicandzest.com

Do you have a favorite passion fruit cocktail?

passion fruit fun Facts


Passion Fruit Flower
  • The Amazon is home to more than two hundred species of the passion flower plants.

  • Passion fruit may be labelled as exotic, as it is not a typical supermarket fruit.

  • It can add flavour to sauces, jams and jellies, smoothies, cocktails, ice cream and pie fillings.

  • The leaves and flowers of one particular passion vine, called passiflora incanarta, contain an alkaloid, called harman, and a substance called passiflorine, a natural mild sedative. The herb can be bought online or at your health food store to make a herbal infusion, a drink that can help you sleep.

  • Passion fruit has a powerful anti-cancer activity on the body. Antioxidants in passion fruit remove free radicals, which are known for mutating the DNA of healthy cells into cancerous ones. Passion fruit also helps relieve the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. A study also found that a supplement made from the peel reduces asthmatic wheezing by up to 75%.

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