The most important etiquette rules on how to serve and eat passion fruit. Tips to be the ideal host or the perfect guest at the dining table.
What passion fruit etiquette is
Passion fruit etiquette is the set of rules to properly serve and eat passion fruit. Such rules help avoid behaviors that can disrespect your hosts or guests, or make you look unpolite.
If you are hosting, follow passion fruit etiquette to appropriately serve it to your guests.
If you are a guest, respect passion fruit etiquette rules to properly eat and enjoy it.
What you should know about passion fruit
The passion fruit is a tropical edible fruit. It is also known as maracuja or maracuya.
Passion fruits are round or oval in shape. Their color ranges from yellow to purple. Inside, the fruits have an edible juicy core that contains many small edible seeds. Passion fruits are sweet in flavor and with an exotic aroma.
Etiquette tips to serve and eat passion fruit
1) How to store passion fruit
Store whole passion fruits out of the fridge if they are not ripe. Keep them in a cool place. Away from sources of heat or direct light. Keep them there for 1 to 3 days, until they ripen.
Store ripe passion fruits in the fridge. Avoid placing them in a sealed container. Do not wrap them in plastic. They will last about 7 days.
In the freezer, passion fruit can last for 4 months.
2) How to clean passion fruit
You do not need to wash passion fruit.
However, it is a hygiene norm to always wash a passion fruit before eating it. Even a quick wash decreases the risk of contamination from pesticides or other chemicals. Keep the fruits a few seconds under running water.
3) How to prepare passion fruit
Slice the passion fruit in halves with a knife. Then, scoop the inside with a spoon. The pulp and seeds are edible. You should discard the skin.
Add passion fruit to fruit salads. Put it on yogurt or ice cream. Use it for cheesecakes, cookies, or pies. You can also squeeze passion fruits to make juice or cocktails.
4) How to serve & present passion fruit
You can serve passion fruits for breakfast, a snack, or as a fruit course after a meal.
Serve passion fruits whole. Present them in a fruit bowl. Alternatively, you can serve them sliced in halves.
Serve passion fruits at room temperature. Take them out of the fridge between 30 minutes and 1 hour before serving.
5) Food and wine to pair passion fruit with
The aroma of passion fruit combines well with other fruits in a salad. Pair it with citruses, such as lemon, lime, or orange. With other tropical fruit, like papaya, pineapple, mango, kiwi, coconut, or banana. Passion fruit matches well also with pear, peach, or strawberry.
6) How to eat passion fruit
Slice the passion fruit in halves with a knife. Then, scoop the inside with a teaspoon. You should eat the seeds and discard the skin.
Do not spit the seeds. If you cannot eat them, bring a fork, a spoon, or a hand to your mouth. Without making any noise, pass the seeds from your mouth to the fork, spoon, or hand. Use your other hand to cover your mouth while you do it. Discard the seeds on a side of your plate.
Passion fruit etiquette: the worst mistakes
The Rude Index identifies and ranks negative behaviors.
A high score (8-10) means that the behavior has the potential to trigger a conflict with others. A medium score (4-7) means that the behavior risks making you look inelegant and unsophisticated. More about the Rude Index and its methodology here.
Avoid the worst passion fruit etiquette mistakes.
- 9/10. Spitting passion fruit seeds.
- 8/10. Serving spoiled passion fruit.
- 8/10. Serving unwashed passion fruit.
- 7/10. Serving unripe passion fruit.
Additional information for properly serving passion fruit
How many calories per serving?
Counting calories is important to stay healthy and to correctly plan a menu.
Passion fruits contain 97 calories per 100 grams. A single passion fruit weighs around 20 grams and contains about 19 calories.
How to buy the best passion fruit
A crucial factor in passion fruit etiquette is to serve the best product possible to your guests.
Season and availability
Passion fruits are available all year round.
Choose the best
Ripe passion fruits have smooth skin and a delicate aroma. They should be firm and yield a little give.
Do not buy fruits with a strong smell or soft spots.