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Passionfruit

Passionfruit and the word YUM go together very well!
 
Karen
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Passionfruit and the word YUM go together very well........

Apart from being delicious, passionfruit also has high nutritional value and is a very good source of fibre.  The fruit contains:
Vitamin A (lots)
Vitamin C
Potassium
Magnesium
Calcium
Iron


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Our passionfruit for seed is sourced from local growers each season.  We used to scoop the seed from the fruit manually until a couple of years ago when a purpose-built pulping machine was purchased.  This machine helps us to harvest seed from a few crops grown by us eg. tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and the passionfruit. The crop is fed into the machine which squeezes and separates the majority of the seed from the skin and flesh, leaving the seed to be cleaned and dried.
 

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Once the seed has been removed from the passionfruit shells (shells discarded from the machine pictured above), the seed is put in a bin with an acidic component that breaks down any pulp left around each seed.  After a few days the seed is drained and sieved to separate the juice and pulp out.  Then the seed is spread out to dry naturally.
 


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One of the by-products from the pulping machine is the juice and the lovely sediment (above).  Taking a bucket of it home after a pulping session is a real treat and I certainly enjoy the lovely passionfruit odour that lingers in my car and kitchen for a few days.  The colour is stunning and drinks made from this are a nice pink colour.

The juice is very tangy so not to everybody's taste but the passionfruit flavour is unadorned and delicious.  If the juice is left to sit for a few hours, the sediment settles and you can scoop out the clearer juice for drinking.  However, if you find the straight juice too much, it can be diluted with soda water, still water, tonic or lemonade to add a little sweetness.

The sediment left after scooping out the juice is a fantastic concentrated blast of flavour you can use in lots of dishes.  I have been experimenting and found the sediment to be a great replacement where lemon juice or orange juice is required in a recipe.  Other uses included flavouring icing for cakes or biscuits, adding to your gin or vodka, a splash on your muesli, adding to a fruit smoothie.

The recipes below are the experiments completed using the passionfruit pulp and juice.  If you want to try them and don't have any passionfruit growing in your garden, you can use the tinned passionfruit at the supermarket.



Passionfruit Bliss Balls
These fudgy bliss balls take about 10 minutes to make.  Suitable for vegans.  Makes approx 20.  Store in fridge or freezer.

¼ cup passionfruit pulp/juice (strain to minimise pips)
½ cup coconut
½ cup rolled oats
2/3 cup ground almonds
4 dates
1 Tbsp coconut oil

1.  Use a food processor to mix the coconut, rolled oats and ground almonds until you have fine texture.
2.  Add dates, coconut oil and passionfruit pulp to mix and whizz until it forms a ball.
3.  Roll teaspoon full of mix into balls.
4.  Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.




Passionfruit cheesecake
This is a popular cheesecake that serves 10-12 people.  It keeps for a few days but I find it disappears out of our household fridge within 24hours.

BASE
1 & 1/4 cups sweet biscuit crumbs (SuperWine or VanillaWine work well)
2 tsp cocoa (optional)
80g butter, melted

FILLING
500g cream cheese (2 x 250g Philadelphia blocks are my favourite to use)
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup passionfruit juice/sediment
3 tsp gelatine, dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water
1 cup cream, lightly whipped
2 cups (or 1 x 170g tins) passionfruit pulp

1.  In a bowl, combine biscuit crumbs (give whole biscuits a quick whizz in the food processor), cocoa & butter.
2.  Press into the base of a lightly greased 20cm springform cake tin.
3.  Chill while making filling.
4.  Use electric beaters to beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
5.  Add passionfruit juice and gelatine mix to filling and mix until combined.
6.  Fold the whipped cream and 1 cup of passionfruit pulp into filling.
7.  Pour filling onto chilled base in cake tin.
8.  Chill for at least 3 hours.
9.  Remove from cake tin and serve cheesecake drizzled with remaining passionfruit pulp.


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Passionfruit marshmallow mousse
A nice dessert that looks great in individual serving dishes.  It will satisfy your sweet-tooth and the kids love it too.

1. Slowly heat 250g marshmallows and pulp of 5 passionfruit, stirring until melted and combined.
2. Cool slightly.
3. Add 200ml cream & ½ cup plain yoghurt and mix until combined.
4. Spoon into serving dishes and refrigerate for 2 hours.
5. Decorate with spoonful of pulp.



Passionfruit mocktail
This is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink.  Of course you can add your favourite vodka or gin if you prefer a cocktail. The ingredients are per serve.

2 passionfruit, halved
¼ cup apple juice
squeeze of lime juice
soda water

1. Place passionfruit pulp from 3 halves, apple juice and lime juice into shaker.
2. Shake until well mixed, then strain into glass.
3. Add ice and top with soda water to taste.
4. Decorate by floating the last ½ of passionfruit in its shell on the top of the drink (optional)

 
ENJOY!
Karen
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3 Comments

Treeman says ...
Hi Karen, could you give some tips on the growing requirements to produce passionfruits on a home vine. Cheers!
Garden girl says ...
Does anyone know where you can get a grafted black passionfruit?
Kristen says ...
Passionfruit need a warm north facing wall sheltered from frosts. I have found under the eaves of my house has been good. I have grown passionfruit in Christchurch.

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