Golden Passion Fruit
Passion fruit is named for the many species of passion flower, leading to the English translation of the Latin genus name, Passiflora. The primary variety for sale in the U.S. marketplace is the purple passion fruit although it can be found in this beautiful yellow shelled fruit too. The bright yellow flavicarpa variety, also known as the Golden Passion Fruit, can grow up to the size of a grapefruit, has a smooth, glossy, light and airy rind which matures to a dimpled and wrinkled look when ripe. The outer shell becomes brittle and wrinkled when fully ripe and if any mold is evident, it can be wiped off and does not impact the inner edible product. Between the shell and the pulp is a cottony white skin, almost like the pith of an orange. The interior seed cavity is filled with edible jellylike pulp surrounding small black edible seeds. The pulp is highly aromatic and has a tropical sweet tart flavor with nuances of pineapple, papaya, mango, citrus and guava. The pulp of the passion fruit is rich in Vitamins A and C and its edible seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber.