So you’ve got passion fruit for a recipe and now have some left over. Good news, you can freeze it! Here’s everything you need to know about how to freeze passion fruit.
Passion fruit is one of those fruits that elevates any meal. It is exotic, sweet, tangy, bright, and beautiful. There are many varieties and ways to enjoy passion fruit in recipes. But it is a fruit, so if you don’t get around eating in within a week, now what? Can you freeze passion fruit?
Whether you bought passion fruit for a recipe and now have some left or just got a deal on them, passion fruit stores in the freezer super well. You don’t need anything fancy to store it either, just an ice cube tray!
I’ll go over the three easy steps to store this fruit in the freezer so it is ready to eat down the road!
What You’ll Need to Freeze Passion Fruit
You need passion fruit, that’s a given. But, for equipment, you just need three basic kitchen tools
- Passion Fruit: Run and get those passion fruits! Do you have them? Ok, great. Now cut them open and start scooping out the filling to start prepping for freezing.
- Supplies: You will need a spoon to scoop out the passion fruit, an ice tray to put the passion fruit in, and an air tight container to store the cubes in.
The wrinklier the passion fruit, the riper! It is best to wait until the passion fruit is ripe before freezing to ensure you are preserving maximum sweetness.
How to Freeze Passion Fruit
Freezing passion fruit so you can enjoy this lovely fruit year round is super easy! Plus, freezing is a great way to limit food waste.
Step 1: Scoop
Cut your passion fruit(s) in half and scoop out the insides with a spoon. I like to place all of the filing in a large bowl and then move onto the next step.
Step 2: Portion
Spoon this passion fruit pulp into an ice cube tray, leaving a little space at the top of each well for them to expand while freezing.
Step 3: Freeze
Freeze until solid, then transfer to an airtight container for long-term storage in the freezer. This can be in Tupperware or a large freezer Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months (after that, the flavor will start to go downhill).
Short on time? Another option is to simply chuck the whole fruit in the freezer. Then just let it thaw before using. I prefer ice cube method, which doses the frozen passion fruit for easier cooking and thawing later on
Passion Fruit FAQ’s
Frozen passion fruit tastes the same as a ripe passion fruit – sweet and slightly tart. If eaten frozen (yes you can eat frozen passion fruit), it will be on the icy side because of the high water content in the filling. When thawed, it will be like fresh passion fruit, both in texture and taste!
Freeze it! Freezing passion fruit is essentially stopping time. At least for 3 months until freezer flavor sets in. The cold will stop the fruit from ripening any further and therefore preserve the sweet flavor.
Simply leave the cubes in a bowl on the counter to thaw or microwave. If microwaving, heat for 30 seconds, stir, and then repeat until thawed. You want to microwave in short bursts to make sure you do not burn the fruit.
Ways to Use Frozen Passion Fruit
There is so much you can do with lots of passion fruit and with frozen passion fruit. Since frozen fruit can be thawed, it can be used in its frozen state or thawed, so many possibilities!
- Smoothies are a great way to use frozen passion fruit pulp. Adding it to smoothies helps add texture, makes it cold, and thickens the smoothie. It would be a great addition to a mango smoothie, pineapple smoothie, or a thick and dreamy green smoothie bowl!
- Thawed passion fruit can be used in even more ways! Use it to brighten up tropical mousse, to add a fun twist to paleo pancakes, in a Hawaiian POG juice, or in passion fruit popsicles!
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- Scoop: Cut your passion fruit(s) in half and scoop out the insides with a spoon.
- Portion: Spoon this passion fruit pulp into an ice cube tray, leaving a little space at the top of each well for them to expand while freezing.
- Freeze: Freeze until solid, then transfer to an airtight container for longterm store in the freezer. Freeze for up to 3 months (after that, the flavor will start to go downhill).