My 14-year-old son’s Exotic Fruit Challenge: Lilikoi (also known as Passion Fruit).
We are huge fans of passion fruit but we can rarely buy the fruit fresh where we live in Boston. Sometimes, though, it is actually at our Whole Foods but more typically, seasonally, at our green grocer’s.
The passion fruit is ready to eat when the outside is very wrinkly and a little brown. You scoop up all the insides including the seeds and eat it with pulp, juice, and seeds. It’s delicious over ice cream or yogurt. We also like it as a sorbet or as a fruit juice drink. Not all passion fruit juice drinks, however, do justice to the fresh fruit.
Reminds us of: an exotic and delicious perfumed ice cream topping. It’s kind of like strawberry and rhubarb compote but even better.
Texture: runny and a little gelatinous with edible seeds about the size of watermelon seeds.
Flavor: the flavor is tart … think of it as a tropical rhubarb!
Verdict: it’s best fresh but we will take it any way we can get it. Passion fruit, also known as Lilikoi, is delicious!
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