I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really, really get into grocery shopping. Yes, there are definitely those days when I want to get in and get out, but then there are the days when I take forever and examine every single food package I come across. This was one of those days when I was spending a little bit longer at Earth Fare and happened to walk by the frozen fruit section and see something I’ve never seen before: frozen passion fruit! Literally, this is the first time I ever saw this fruit in the frozen fruit aisle.
So I know how hard passion fruit can be to find, especially if you’re living up north. I mean, I’m in Florida and it’s tough to find here! But, that day when I was at Earth Fare, strolling in the frozen fruit section, and I saw that bag of frozen fruit sitting on the shelf and knew I had to make a Passion Fruit Smoothie with it.Jump to Recipe
Passion fruit is this juicy seedy little fruit with a tough outer shell. (You can see it above on the right side of the plate.) You don’t eat the shell but instead eat the juicy inside. When I was in the Maldives, I ate these things every freaking morning. That vlog is coming soon! I usually don’t really eat them at home because they’re so hard to find since they’re not grown locally. So I usually save eating them for those special trips.
Passion fruit can be found growing in:
- parts of South America
- Florida (maybe more south than where I am here in Ocala?)
- South Africa
- New Zealand
If you do find passion fruit at the store, you’ll know it’s ripe when it gets a little wrinkly. And when you open it up, you’ll find this sour sweet juice and seeds (that you eat). It’s SO good.
Tips for Eating Passion fruit:
- Eat the juice + the seeds.
- Try using a spoon to scoop out them out.
- Ripe passion fruit looks a little wrinkly.
And, if you can find frozen passion fruit- this passion fruit smoothie recipe is for you! Or, if you have access to fresh passion fruit (I’m jealous), you can definitely use that in this as well. You might want to add a little ice to the mix thought to ensure the consistency is perfect.
And if you’re completely new to passion fruit in general- I like to describe it as basically nature’s Sweet Tarts. Seriously. It’s sweet, it’s tart, and it’s SO GOOD! It’s also packed with plant magic goodness for us:
Passion fruit benefits:
- Vitamin C – antioxidants in this vitamin can help our body heal, keep our skin looking young, and protect our cells from free radical damage from environmental toxins.
- Vitamin A – the seeds in passion fruit contain vitamin A which is important for both our eye and cell health and our body’s immune system.
- Fiber – the thing that helps keep our digestion running smoothly, fiber also helps us to feel satiated. It’s been said to have a role in lowering cholesterol and decreasing the risk for diabetes, heart disease, and certain kinds of cancer.
- Minerals – passion fruit can also provide us with key minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, which play a part in the way our body’s nerves, muscles, and heart function.
So now that we’ve broken down the benefits, let’s get to the recipe! To watch it in action:
Sweet Tart Passion Fruit Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 knob ginger, peeled
- 1 cup frozen passionfruit
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup unsweetened plant milk
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until creamy.
- If you'd like the smoothie runnier- add more liquid. If you'd like it more thick, add more frozen fruit
So are you ready to make a passion fruit smoothie now?! If you do, tag me on IG so I can see it and reshare your creation. 🙂
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