Passion fruit is native to South America, specifically Brazil. The fruit is a pepo (a type of berry) and grows on a climbing vine throughout tropical and subtropical climates. It got its name from Spanish Catholic missionaries in the 1700’s who said the 5 parts of its flower were symbolic of the passion of Christ.
The pulp of a passion fruit has small edible seeds which have an aromatic, sweet, tart flavor. It can be used in sauces, smoothies, desserts, and it’s also delicious scooped out and eaten as is.
Crystal Valley sources passion fruit from Florida from November-February.
Choose passion fruit that is heave and large for its size. If your passion fruit is wrinkled, it means it is ripe and ready to eat!
If your passion fruit is unripe, store at room temperature until the skin is wrinkled. If your passion fruit is ripe, refrigerate.