Living on a farm in Brazil, I've gained local in-depth knowledge of food, plants, and traditions, which I share through my articles.
I've never met anyone who doesn't like passion fruit juice. At our home here in Brazil, we always offer our guests juices, and passion fruit is a favorite.
You don't have to book a vacation to the tropics to enjoy this juice, however, because it's easy to make at home. Although it can be purchased ready-made, these have been heated and don't taste the same.
To experience the true taste of passion fruit, you should juice it from fresh fruit.
How Passion Fruit Grows
The passion fruit grows on a vine, similar to grapes, sending out tendrils to grasp onto a surface such as a fence, wall or trees. It is a vigorous plant and has been known to overtake trees and even climb onto the roof of houses. It is a plant that needs to be kept under control instead of pampered like some plants. It is a beautiful plant with dark green leaves, exotic flowers, and green fruit which turns yellow or purple, depending on the variety you're growing.
The year-round availability means this is fast becoming one of our favorite juices in our home. It is quick and easy to prepare and full of vitamin C. It also has the added benefit of helping one to sleep.
In the photo below, you can see the passion fruit vine, flower, and fruit.
- 5-7 passion fruits, depending on size
- 1/3 cup sugar, substitute sweetener if you prefer
- 1 litre (1 quart) cold water
How to Cut Passion Fruit
Start by cutting the passion fruit in half, from the stem to the bottom. You may need a bit of force to get through the skin, they can be a bit tough.
Be forewarned, the juice will start to ooze out. Separate the halves as quickly as possible to avoid this. Lay this with the cut side up as in the photo to retain all that juice inside.
Alternatively you can cut the top off and scoop it out with a teaspoon, as though it were a soft boiled egg.
Here in Brazil, they will use the empty shell of the fruit to place a candle in during religious festivals and parades.
How to Eat Passion Fruit
If you decide you don't want to juice it, at this point you can just scoop it out and eat it with a spoon. Some varieties are tarter than others. The ones you may buy in America and Europe will likely be the purple variety which is sweeter and would need less sugar.
Sprinkle a little sugar on top and just scoop it into a spoon and eat it, seeds and all.
Instructions for Juicing Passion Fruit
- Scoop out the insides of the passion fruit into a blender, seeds and all. Don't worry if the white pith goes in there; we will be using a sieve to remove this. Do this with all the passion fruit..
- Next, add the sugar. I like to use 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sugar. The amount varies on the ripeness. Start with 1/3 if you are using the sweeter purple-skinned variety. If you prefer to replace the sugar with your favorite sweetener, then adjust to taste.
- The next step is to add the water. I like to use chilled water, and I fill this up to the blender's 1-liter mark. That is about a quart.
- Turn the blender on low. You will hear the seeds breaking up but this is okay.
- The easiest way to remove the seeds is through a sieve. I use a fine nylon sieve and place this over a funnel or a wide mouthed jug. Pour the liquid including the seeds carefully into the sieve. Using a spoon, gently stir the mixture so the seeds don't block the sieve, this allows the juice to pass through. Continue doing this until there is no more juice. You will have a sieve with foam and seeds. This can be discarded. Note: Here in Brazil, the seeds are often used to decorate cakes. They are edible and quite crunchy. I eat them but be aware you can get appendicitis from eating seeds. They can get stuck and cause a blockage which is one cause of appendicitis.
The Juice Is Ready
When you have passed this through the sieve your juice is ready. It can be kept in the refrigerator until you are ready for it. The juice will separate with the foam rising to the top, don't be alarmed, just stir this up with a swizzle stick or spoon before serving. I normally place a pitcher of passion fruit juice on the table with a wooden spoon, so whoever is pouring can give it a quick stir before each serving.
Passion Fruit as a Sleeping Aid
Here in Brazil, many of the over the counter sleeping aids are made from passion fruit. Some of my friends here will drink a small glass of passion fruit juice before going to bed.
The juice also helps to lower the blood pressure. Many people here know just how beneficial the various juices are and drink juice daily.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: I have passion fruits that turn orange and there's a pouch of seeds with red gel around it. Did I wait too long to pick it? I've tried picking them when they are green then there's nothing but membrane and some seed.
Answer: Your first example does seem to be too old. The passion fruit will mature on the vine. The type I have is yellow on the outside so it's easy to spot in the dark green foliage. If yours is the purple variety then it may be more difficult to tell. Examine your plant daily to see if any have come away from the plant. Sometimes they get stuck in the leaves and the vines making it more difficult to realize its ready.
If you shake the fruit you should be able to feel if there is juice in among those seeds.
This is a common sight here in the supermarkets. Women will shake each one before deciding to purchase.
The juice is clinging to the seeds and that's why a blender is the best way to go for removing them.
Question: How long will passion fruit juice keep?
Answer: I normally make it in the evening to have it with our dinner. What we don't finish, I will have the next morning. Any juice is best when it is freshly made. You can adjust the quantities to suit what you will consume in two days.
Question: Are there any more ingredients for passion fruit juice?
Answer: We use just sugar and water. You can experiment with what you like. Something like fresh ginger, used sparingly, would, I believe go well.
Passion fruit juice is an excellent juice on its own though.
Question: Can I use one passion fruit to make juice at home?
Answer: Yes, you can. You will need to adjust the water accordingly. This will be to taste as would the addition of sugar or other sweetener.
© 2011 Mary Wickison
What are some of your favorite fruit juices?
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 26, 2018:
Hi Mary, yes I like passion fruit juice. I first note the taste in a cocktail juice. I was very nice and delicious. I have not seen the fruit but I will be checking in my local Mall where fruits imported from foreign countries were on sale. Thank you.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on January 20, 2016:
Here in Brazil the passion fruit is sold as the fruit. This is how most of the local growers I know sell.
That said, if you wish to sell the juice, I would find a company who will buy your stock and do the juicing. If you choose to do the juicing yourself, you will have the cost of buying the machinery and all the legal and health issues to deal with.
Selling the fruit yourself or through a local middleman, in my opinion is your best bet.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 31, 2015:
Mary, this looks interesting and temping. I didn't know you can juice passionfruit. Thanks for the lovely photos of how it's done for juicing prep. Great hub with a juicy idea.
Mack on September 27, 2015:
I know passion fruit flavour and taste is really great, I'm starting passion fruit farm, as it is not easily available in market, I'm thinking to make into business with it so, could you suggest me how to make it possible into business.
How to make it it juice which can store for long time, like others juice eg. Maaza, Slice, etc....
And where to market..
Your advise will highly appreciated.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on September 14, 2014:
We do as well and it is one of our favorites. Aren't we lucky to have it available to us.
aziza on September 14, 2014:
My family loves passion fruit juice. We make it quite often.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on September 04, 2014:
I can't recommend it as I haven't tried it but passion fruit juice is one of my favorites.
Pam on September 03, 2014:
I bought this Markizza passionfruit juice on amazon one day as I couldn't find any at my grocery that time I was whipping something up, and what do you know, I was hooked since then. Thought this might help.
quesondriac on March 06, 2014:
Thanks for the instruction. I have purple passionfruit here in Miami
and it is quite tasty.
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 22, 2012:
It is one of my favorite juices here. I am sure they have them in the States but I believe it would be a different variety. Dark purple and slightly bigger than a golf ball.
Thank you for stopping by.
Have a great day.
Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on May 22, 2012:
I've never seen a passion fruit here, but this drink looks tasty! I've had drinks made out of passion fruit but I've never seen the actual fruit!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 13, 2012:
Maracuyá cake sounds wonderful, too! Please let me know if you post your recipe for it!
Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on April 13, 2012:
You're welcome. I have plants growing here on our little farm and we love it. I have tried maracujá cake at a local bakery and may have a go at making that as well.
Thanks for the comment.
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 13, 2012:
We also have maracuyá in Peru and I love to make juice with it. Thank you for sharing your recipe!