Passionfruit, known as Lilikoi here in Hawai`i, is turning into our favorite fruit!
We have a huge vine that has grown all over the side yard, across several big banana plants, into the greenhouse shed, and taking over the front fence. It began flowering in May, putting on green fruit in June, and now the first week in August dropping up to 20 ripe fruits per day!
The flowers (the feature image) are beautiful and complex. The new fruits are a lush green and drop to the ground when ripe, so no confusion about what to pick! Sometimes I pick up new fruit twice a day.
Green and unripe
Several days harvest
Vine on the front fence
The fruits have a lot of seeds, some pulp and modest juice, more juice when just ripe… you scoop all of that into a sieve to juice it. The color, fragrance, and taste are remarkably unique and delightful! And one large fruit gets you 10% of your RDA of Vitamin C!
Combined with tonic water, lime, and ice – passionfruit juice makes a superb spritzer cooler. Some rum goes well too!
I added some agave syrup to the juice to make passionfruit syrup over vanilla frozen yogurt, excellent!
Unfortunately you cannot ship fruit from Hawai`i to the mainland due to a disease and pest embargo to protect stateside agriculture. So we will have to give this up when we return to Oregon.