Aussies can choose from four main types of passionfruit: yellow, banana, panama and purple, which is the most common. In fact, you’ll find several different kinds of purple fruit, including Misty Gem, Sweetheart and Tropic.
Choose fruit that’s smooth or slightly wrinkled and feels heavy for its size. Ripe passionfruit will keep for 10 days at room temperature, or for up to a month in the fridge.
Passionfruit’s tropical colour means it’s a rich source of beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A to maintain healthy skin and eyes. This tangy fruit is also very high in fibre, which is essential to good digestion. Top your next fruit salad with its jelly-like pulp for a burst of immunity-boosting vitamin C plus iron and potassium!
Capture the sweet tang
Pancakes with bite: To make your pancakes pop with flavour, whisk the pulp of 2 to 3 passionfruit into your usual pancake batter. Serve with low-fat Greek-style yoghurt, honey and extra pulp.
A side of the tropics: To make a fantastic side for pan-fried fish or thinly sliced roast pork, mix passionfruit pulp with a squeeze of lime juice and finely sliced chilli.
Smooth operator: For a refreshing smoothie, whiz passionfruit pulp with reduced-fat milk, banana, honey and ice.
Did you know? Botanically, passionfruit belongs to the berry family.