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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Passion for Passionfruit

Recently we had a bumper crop of passionfruit. This was our third attempt at growing a vine - the first two just collapsed after looking so healthy. I suspected that the deaths had something to do with having given them fertilizer, which I will not do again - the current vine is huge and has not been fed anything.

I was nostalgic for the passionfruit recipes of my youth, but they weren't in my mother's recipe book! I started looking everywhere for recipes for Passionfruit Cordial and Passionfruit Honey, but none were right and I have had to change them up. They turned out as I remember them to have been, and were a hit with the family. So here are my versions...

Passionfruit Honey (Butter)

10 passionfruit
2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of butter

Scoop the pulp out of the passionfruit. If you don't like the seeds, then strain it, but my version has the seeds left in.
Add the beaten eggs, sugar and butter and cook in a double boiler saucepan until it is thick like honey, then bottle into sterilized jars.
Keep your passionfruit honey in the fridge.
It makes about 2 cups.
Passionfruit honey is great on toast or for flavouring up plain yoghurt - yum!

For any new cooks who are not familiar with a double boiler - I use a large saucepan of boiling water on the stove, with a smaller saucepan inside with the passionfruit butter in it. This is to prevent it sticking and burning.  

Passionfruit Cordial

Boil together 1 cup of water and one cup of sugar, pour this over 1 cup of passionfruit pulp, add 1 tsp of citric acid and let it sit until it cools. 
When cool, strain through a sieve and bottle in a washed bottle that has been immersed in boiling water.
Add a small amount to a glass and top up with water to taste.
It's tangy and delicious!


  1. I've never seen or tasted a passion fruit and was interested to see the ones you have cut open. Nice that you were able to duplicate the recipes you like from the past.

    1. Thanks for your comment Cynthia. My next post has feijoas in it - not sure if you will have seen them either.We are so lucky getting sub tropical fruits here.


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