As a kid growing up on the islands my dad had a passion fruit vine growing on a tall Poui tree at the back of our house and most of the fruit were normally out of reach. Since we all went to school far from home, I remember it was always “who could get up first to go check to see if any passion fruit fell to the ground” with me and my brother, on the weekends when we were home. As kids in North America would go on their Easter Egg hunt, for us the hunt were usually Mangoes, Passion Fruit, Sapodilla, Avocado or any of the other fruits which would normally fall off the trees when ripe.
6-8 passion fruit
6 cups water
1/2 cup sugar (adjust accordingly)
3 drops almond extract
3 drops Angostura Bitters
1/2 lime (juice)
* As mentioned in the video below, these passion fruit were not like the bigger / yellow version we would have off our vine.
The first thing we have to do is remove the pulp and subsequently the juice or nectar from it. While my mom would use a different technique for removing the seeds from the nectar, I usually use my blender. Cut each passion fruit in half and using a spoon, scrape out the pulp. Yes, there will be black or grey seeds.
Add everything into your blender and work on a very low setting. The goal is to dilute the sugar and remove the pulp off the seeds to fully flavor the juice. It will take about 30 seconds to a minute on a low setting.
The very last thing you have to do is strain (with a fine strainer) into the pitcher you’re serving it in to remove the seeds and chill. Do taste and adjust the sugar if needed and you’re free to use any sweetener you normally use, if sugar is not your thing.
Some dark rum would be delightful in this, but we’re keeping this passion fruit rated “G” so the kids can have a refreshing exotic drink on those hot summer days when you’re blazing your fav cocktails. Be sure to give it a stir before serving as it may tend to settle the longer you have it in the fridge.
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Passionfruit is rich in the water soluble antioxidant, vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. This vitamin helps the body gain resistance against infectious agents and pro-inflammatory free radicals. One serving provides you with 100 percent of the recommended daily amount.
Vitamin A and the flavonoid antioxidant, beta carotene, are found in high concentration in passionfruit. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties, supports good eye sight, healthy mucus membranes, and healthy skin. Carotenoids, also found in passionfruit, help produce vitamin A in the body. This fat soluble substance increases the absorption of vitamin A, which is a fat-soluble vitamin. One serving provides about 25 percent of the average person’s recommended daily value. Potassium is an important component of body cells and body fluid. It aids in the regulation of heart rate and maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Non-heme (plant based) iron is found in passionfruit. Iron aids the body’s absorption of vitamin C. Increased health benefits are found in this fruit because of the combination of iron and vitamin C. Passionfruit also contains the minerals copper, magnesium, and phosphorus. In general, a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables is protective to health. These low calorie, nutrient dense foods help prevent obesity, which is an important risk factor for diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.