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Food glossary

Passion fruit

Passion fruit

The passion fruit is so named because the flowers are thought to resemble the crown of thorns worn during the passion and crucifixion of Christ. It is a native fruit of Brazil but is now grown in Australia, America and Africa, throughout the year. Choose large, heavy fruit with deep purple skins. Inside the unpromising wrinkled skin you'll find a cluster of sweet, yellowy green seeds.

Uses: You can't eat the skin but the perfumed flesh is delicious on its own, with pavlova, in sauces or in fruit salads.

To store: Store the ripe fruit in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To prepare: Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon, the seeds are edible, but if you prefer, you can sieve them and just eat the sweet juice.

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