Frederick Passion Fruit

January 12th, 2010 | Fruit Maven

If you always wanted to pick your nose and eat the boogers (we will just pretend you don’t do this every day in private), then this Frederick Passion Fruit is the fruit for you!
Frederick Passion Fruit
APPEARANCE Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Extremely wrinkled, purplish, greenish, reddish oval fruit about the size of the palm of my hand (I know you don’t really know how big that is, just guess). Bright yellow goo (flesh) with dark seeds.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★★

Exotic and heady. I want to bathe in this smell.

TEXTURE Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Gelatinous and seedy with a good amount of juice. Extremely odd texture compared to most fruit.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Pretty tart, in fact I would say it comes dangerously close to being sour. Tropical and pineapple-y and lemon-y and delicious.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

This is one instance where my structured rating system sort of fails me. I largely rate on snackability and this one is pretty low as far as that goes. Plus it looks hideous, has an extremely odd texture and is lobbying for the “most annoying seeds of all time” award (other competitors: Wonderful Pomegranate and Cocktail Grapefruit). However, it tastes completely amazing. I’ve never had anything like it and I want to sprinkle a little bit of it into everything I am drinking, pour it on top of ice cream, dip cookies in it, spread it on grilled cheese sandwiches and – oh my it is just delicious. I am smitten.

FRUIT

Passion Fruit

VARIETY

Frederick

PEAK

All Year (intermittent)

ORIGIN

South America

GROWN

Vista, CA

PURCHASED

Farmer’s Market

NOTES

I am struggling to write notes on this because seeing the word “Frederick” next to “Passion” reminds me clearly of Frederick’s of Hollywood. But the interesting folklore about passion fruit is all about how the flower is a representation of Christ and the Crucifixion Somehow it seems inappropriate to talk about both of these things in such close proximity. Oh well–too late now.

WHERE TO GET THEM

You can buy Passion Fruit at some standard grocery stores and local specialty stores and online here. If you get them online, a small amount will go to support the Fruit Maven. So thanks in advance!

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  • Arwen Lettkeman Jan 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I first ate these in Australia and promptly renamed them “snot balls”. I love them…as long as I don’t look at them while I am eating :)

  • Fruit Maven Jan 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Makes me want to build a snotman and have a snot ball fight. Oh southern california – see what you make me resort too by depriving me of winter.

  • jay hembree Jul 23, 2010 at 9:11 am

    i,ve just planted (7-15-10)a fredericks passion plant was reading the information on line about the fruit . one question what about the seed ? are they eatable are must they be removed ?

    thank u
    jay

  • Fruit Maven Dec 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Jay – sorry for the extremely delayed response. You CAN eat the seeds, but I don’t happen to like the texture or taste. I think they could work in a salad or something though.

  • Steve Asbell Jul 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    You think that’s snotty? Try the snotfruit. http://www.therainforestgarden.com/2012/02/snotfruit-and-other-delights.html
    That said, I love passionfruit, even the texture. I like to slurp up a few arils and just suck on them until all that’s left are seeds, which I spit onto a paper towel before tossing or planting them. They’re like candy!

  • Fruit Maven Jul 15, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Ohhhh. The snotfruit! I’ve never heard of it. Thanks for linking. I’d love to try that and I’m sure my daughter would too!!!!

  • Sparkina Sep 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I had fresh passionfruit in New Zealand and they were plenty of tasty. Fit for a Roman emperor!! Sublime and divine.

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