This tropical passion fruit juice has a perfect balance of sweet and tart flavor with a robust, refreshing aroma. It is incredibly light and easy to make! Perfect for hot summer days!
Passion fruit juice recipe
Refreshing and packed with tropical flavor, passion fruit juice is perfect for those warm summer days.
As a Brazilian, born and bred, I grew up juicing passion fruit at home, and I can safely say this is one of my favorite Brazilian fruits.
Yes, passion fruit is native to the south of Brazil, near Argentina, so we have many recipes with passion fruit.
In Portuguese, we call it suco de maracujá, but many people abroad refer to it as maracuya juice (Spanish).
As the third most-consumed juice in Brazil—only behind orange and cashew fruit—this passion fruit drink is obviously trendy.
Rightly so because it is sweet, slightly tart, and has a strong and characteristic aroma. Put simply, it is delicious, and it will become your next go-to summer beverage!
Recipe for passion fruit juice
Because I grew up eating this fruit, I never really thought other people wouldn’t know how to pick the right fruit, extract juice, and preserve passion fruits.
I just did these things without thinking. It was something we did automatically at home, almost as boiling hard eggs.
Still, I realize it might be confusing for others who have had a different experience with it.
My husband, for example, is European and had never seen a passion fruit before meeting me. When I asked him to juice it, he had no idea where to begin.
That’s the reason why I’m writing this easy to follow and thorough juice recipe. I hope you enjoy it!
What is passion fruit juice good for?
Passion fruit juice is a refreshing beverage full of nutrients and minerals that may boost your immune system, source fiber, and help your body fight off infections. See more below.
Passion fruit juice health benefits
These are just some of the benefits of this homemade passion fruit juice:
- Packed with crucial nutrients – The fruit contains high levels of vitamins A and C and has potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron—the latter is better absorbed due to vitamin C.
- Boosts the immune system – Passion fruit is full of vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant may help boost the immune system, decrease the risk of dementia, and enhance the body’s defenses to fight off inflammation.
- May reduce type 2 diabetes risk – Passion fruits are rich in piceatannol, a micronutrient that may improve men’s insulin sensitivity, potentially decreasing type 2 diabetes risks.[3,4]
- Antioxidants powerhouse – Passion fruit is rich in antioxidants that help keep the body systems healthy and reduce cellular stress and inflammation.
- Excellent fiber source – A single-fruit serving provides about 2 grams of fiber, which is quite a lot for such a small fruit.
What does passion fruit taste like?
The passion fruit flavor is refreshing, fruity, and quite tart sour. It has a strong and characteristic tropical perfume.
Besides, the fruit flesh consists of small and edible black seeds surrounded by a yellow to orange slippery and succulent sack.
There are several passion fruit varieties, but these two below are the most common ones:
- Yellow passion fruit, passiflora flavicarpa – Round or oval fruit with yellow skin, measuring about 6-12 centimeters. It is more tart sour than the purple fruit. This variety of passion fruit is far more common in Brazil. I believe it is also common in Hawaii, where they call it liliko’i.
- Purple passion fruit, passiflora edulis – Round or oval-shaped fruit with purple skin, often smaller than the yellow fruit, measures 4-7.5 centimeters.
How do you pick a good passion fruit?
The passion fruit is ripe when it has a deep yellow or purple color—the variety you find will depend on your location. The texture of the hard skin should be wrinkled but not too much.
Multiple black dots, tiny holes, or bruises indicate the fruit isn’t good anymore. Not to be confused with the wrinkled texture, which is perfectly normal.
When you gently press the hard skin, it should be firm, not too hard or too soft.
Can you blend passion fruit seeds?
Absolutely! Passion fruit seeds are edible and have a pleasant crunchiness. For today’s juice, you should blend the passion fruit seeds to better extract juice. As I’ll talk about below, just strain the seed pieces out, and the drink will be ready.
Some passion fruit drink recipes you might like
- Passion fruit tea
- Mango passion fruit smoothie
- Passion fruit caipirinha – this is a famous Brazilian cocktail, but you can easily make a mocktail instead.
How to preserve your passion fruit juice
Transfer the juice to a glass bottle or mason jar and keep it in the fridge for up to a week.
Did you make a large batch? If you harvested many fruits and want to juice them to drink at another time, simply freeze it in smaller portions, so it is easier to thaw them later. This tropical fruit juice freezes well for up to 6 months!
Alternatively, you could freeze it in ice trays to use in cocktails, for example.
Tips for juicing passion fruit
- The easiest way to juice your fruit is by using a blender or food processor.
- The fruit quantity below is in pulp grams/cups, not in fruit numbers. Since the fruit size can vary a lot per region, I realized weighing the pulp is the easiest way for you to achieve the same results.
- Only have the unsweetened passion fruit concentrate or the frozen passion fruit? That’s ok! You can still follow these instructions. Just skip the steps that don’t apply to you. As for the quantities, 2 cups of passion fruit with seeds equal 1 cup of seedless pulp.
- Add more sweetener and water according to your taste preference. For us, this amount of sugar and water was perfect to balance out the tartness of the passion fruit without overpowering. For instance, you can use stevia, honey, etc.
How to make passion fruit juice
Juicing passion fruit is relatively easy. Here’s a thorough step-by-step instruction on how to easily make a refreshing juice from passion fruits. As always, the printable recipe is at the bottom.
First, prepare a medium bowl and fine-mesh strainer and set aside.
Prepare glasses filled with ice and set aside.
Wash the fruits with water and discard any fruit with several soft spots as they are no longer suitable for use.
Cut the passion fruit in two, scoop out the pulp with seeds, and add it to the blender jar. Discard the shells.
Blend it at medium speed for about 10 seconds and strain your passion fruit concentrate into the prepared bowl using a fine-mesh strainer.
Now, transfer the concentrate back to the blender, add the water and sugar, or other sweeteners of your preference, and blend it until smooth.
Strain your passion fruit juice through a fine strainer into the prepared glasses filled with ice to remove the tiny seed pieces.
Your passion fruit drink is ready to serve! Enjoy!
- 1 cup (250 milliliters) passion fruit pulp seedless
- 2 cups (500 milliliters) water
- 4 tablespoons sugar (or honey)
- Ice cubes
- Prepare a medium bowl and fine-mesh strainer and set aside.
- Prepare glasses filled with ice and set aside.
- Wash the fruits with water and discard any fruit with several soft spots as they are no longer suitable for use.
- Cut the passion fruit in two, scoop out the pulp with seeds, and add it to the blender jar. Discard the shells.
- Blend it at medium speed for about 10 seconds and strain your passion fruit concentrate into the prepared bowl using a fine-mesh strainer.
- Now, transfer the concentrate back to the blender, add the water and sugar, or other sweeteners of your preference, and blend it until smooth.
- Strain your passion fruit juice through a fine strainer into the prepared glasses filled with ice to remove the tiny seed pieces.
- Your passion fruit drink is ready to serve! Enjoy!
2 cups pulp with seeds equals about 1 cup seedless pulp
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 8gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
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