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Yellow Passionfruit: the Dessert of the World

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The Golden Passionfruit or yellow passionfruit has a very different appearance from the purple Passionfruit. It is bright yellow and can grow up to the size of a softball, and it has a glossy, smooth, and light rind.

The Passionfruit has other names like guavadilla, parcha, maracuyá, chinola, lilikoi, markisa, saowarot, passionflower, and yellow pasiflora fruits. While the purple passionfruit is the less acidic of the passionfruit varieties and has a richer flavor, the golden passionfruit is used around the world to make many different kinds of foods and even medicines.

It is used as a base for different liquors in Portugal. A mousse made from passionfruit is a popular treat in Brazil and the seeds are used as a decoration on cakes. Jams are made from it in the Dominican Republic. Topping shaved ice with passionfruit syrup is popular in Hawaii. Passionfruit is sprinkled with chilli powder and lime in Mexico.

It is cooked with to make a rich syrup in Indonesia.  In New Zealand and Australia it is used for fruit salads, while a sauce made from the fresh fruit sauce is used in as a topping for ice cream and cakes, to flavor cheesecake, and in icing. In Paraguay, passionfruit is used to flavor cocktails and yogurts.

Around the schools the raw fruit is sold ready to drink with a straw in it to suck the juices and seeds.  It is used to flavor soft drinks in South Africa. In Vietnam, honey and ice are combined with the juice to make a cool smoothie. While in Thailand, curries are cooked with the baby shoots. While in Puerto Rico it is widely believed to both lower blood pressure and used as a mild sedative.

Where to buy yellow passionfruit

Yellow passionfruit can be bought at many supermarkets, or specialist fruit and fresh produce stores. Because it’s a fresh fruit, if you want to buy it online you’re best trying for a food delivery from your local stores.

You can find passion fruit juice concentrate on stores like Amazon, or opt for yellow passionfruit syrup if you want to make flavorful cocktails, mocktails and desserts.

Storage for Yellow Passion Fruit

Unripe yellow passion fruit can be stored at room temperature to help ripen it. You’re looking for a darker yellow color, and for the skin to start to wrinkle slightly. When this happens, transfer the fruit to the fridge. It’ll definitely stay good for at least a couple of days, potentially up to a week.

You can also freeze it, either whole or by scooping out the pulp and placing it in a resealable bag. It’ll last for a few weeks if you decide to freeze it.

Health benefits of yellow passion fruit

Yellow passionfruit is high in vitamins A and C, along with being a good source of iron, potassium and dietary fiber. It’s also rich in antioxidants, which can help to combat the free radicals in your body that can cause so many health problems, particularly for your heart or through various cancers.

Because the fruit is high in vitamins A, B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), C (ascorbic acid) and beta carotene, it is excellent for improving the health of your eyes and helping to stave off future eye problems. It can also strengthen your skin and your hair, giving both a natural shine and helping with anti-aging.

The fiber contained in yellow passion fruit is excellent for maintaining a healthy digestive system. If you’re someone who suffers from constipation or just wants to make sure your digestive system stays working at its best, yellow passion fruit can help. Soluble fiber can also slow the digestion of food, which can prevent sugar spikes for anyone who is diabetic.

One of the benefits yellow passion fruit has over other tropical fruit is the high iron content. Iron helps with the production of hemoglobin in your red blood cells, which carries oxygen around your body. Keeping a healthy level of hemoglobin promotes oxygen reaching the organs that need it, and helps to fight anemia.

Vitamins A and C are also known to boost your immune system, improving the production of T cells that can fight infections in the body. They’re also mood boosters, so if you suffer from anxiety or low moods then add more of the fruit to your diet and you may see an improvement.

Some of the other potential health benefits include:

·         Regulation of high blood pressure

·         Low glycemic index – a good food to eat if you don’t want increased blood sugar levels

·         Stronger bones and muscles

·         A stronger heart and respiratory system

Adding yellow passion fruit to your diet, either raw or as passionfruit juice, or cooked with other foods, can definitely help to make you healthier.

FAQ

Is yellow passion fruit edible?

Yellow passion fruit is edible  – or at least some of it is. It’s the same as purple passion fruit – you can eat the flesh and the seeds, but not the rind. That’s tough and considered inedible. You can eat yellow passion fruit raw or cooked.

What is the difference between yellow and purple passion fruit?

The main differences between yellow and purple passion fruit are the size and the flavor. Yellow passion fruit is generally larger, but it is more acidic in taste, and often people prefer to add sweetener to it. Purple passion fruit is also around 35% juicier.

Can you eat yellow passion fruit?

You can eat yellow passion fruit pulp and seeds, but it’s more acidic than purple passion fruit and so more of an acquired taste. Most people prefer the richer flavor of purple passion fruit. A lot of people do enjoy yellow passion fruit raw but others prefer to mix it with something sweet.

What is yellow passion fruit good for?

Yellow passion fruit is packed with antioxidants, which can neutralize the free radicals in your body that can cause heart disease and some cancers. It’s also rich in various vitamins that are beneficial for your eye and skin health, and with high levels of soluble fiber it can also improve your digestive system.

Other potential benefits include a boost to your immune system, and because yellow passion fruit contains a lot of iron, it can fight anemia. It can also improve your mood and help to tackle anxiety.

How long does it take for yellow passion fruit to ripen?

Yellow passion fruit tends to ripen between 70 to 80 days after pollination. Because the vine blooms from April to November, it means you can harvest it towards later summer, fall and potentially into the winter.

How do you eat a yellow passionfruit?

There are a number of ways you can enjoy a yellow passion fruit. Some like to enjoy it raw, although the acidic flavor means often it requires a sweetener, to soften the tartness. It’s great in mixed fruit juices or smoothies, added to a fruit salad or even, if you’re feeling creative, baked into pastries. Many people prefer to eat the purple variety raw but the yellow form adds a number of health benefits to your recipes.

How do you know when yellow passion fruit is ripe?

Yellow passion fruit is similar to purple passion fruit when it comes to determining ripeness. Look for a plump fruit that is completely one color, the darker yellow the better, and if the skin is slightly wrinkled you know it is definitely ripe and at its sweetest point.

If the skin is smooth and tight, you can leave it on a kitchen countertop for a day or two, and it’ll wrinkle and turn ripe. Once that’s happened, you can put it into the fridge to store it for another day or two before it becomes inedible.

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