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What is Lilikoi or Passion Fruit?

Pronunciation

I like to tell people that the word lilikoi is pronounced like the girl’s name Lilly and the fish, Koi. Put the two together and you get Lili – koi.




Definition of Lilikoi

Passiflora edulis forma flavicarpa is the scientific name for the yellow Passion Fruit most frequently grown in Hawaii. It is a small roundish fruit that grows on a vine, has many seeds, and is used most often to make juice. Passion Fruit are anywhere from 1 and 1/2 – 3″ wide, have a smooth yet tough rind, and range in color from dark purple with white specks to pale yellow or pumpkin colored.  When you cut them open they are filled with little sacs containing its pulpy juice as well as many, many black seeds.  The taste of the fruit ranges from sweet/tart – tart in flavor and is very aromatic.


The yellow form of the passion fruit plant takes 1-3 years to begin bearing fruit. Once the flowers have been pollinated it will take 70-80 days before you have fruit. As the fruit ripens, it falls of the vine. The fruit is still good when it starts to get wrinkled and brown spots. Each of the yellow passion fruit holds from 1-3 tablespoons of actual juice.


How to eat Passion Fruit (Lilikoi)

To eat this tropical fruit, you need to cut open the rind that will lead you to the juicy flesh and seeds.

The seeds are edible and are high in magnesium, so you can eat them together with the flesh and juice.

The white film separating the rind is edible but it’s very bitter.

Passion fruit is highly versatile and can be used in many ways. A lot of people enjoy the fruit raw and eat it straight out of the rind.


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