Purple Passionfruit

Farms

Kahuku Farms
21.6617829
-157.93459380000002
56-800 Kamehameha HwyKahukuOahu808-628-0639Website
Frankie's Nursery
21.344632
-157.74181199999998
41-999 Mahiku PlWaimanaloOahu(808) 259-8737Website
Kogachi
21.4414379
-158.1488508
WaianaeOahu(808) 696-2040
Mohala Farms
21.5619894
-158.11306109999998
Kaukaonahua & Farrington HighwayWailuaOahu(808) 478-8469Website
Ono Organic Farms
HanaMaui(808) 248-7779Website
Leilehua High School Agricultural Program Farm
21.5014133
-158.01274969999997
1515 California AvenueWahiawaOahuWebsite
Kupa‘a Organic Farms
20.7278194
-156.30812170000002
P.O. Box 569KulaMaui(808) 876-0678Website
Wally's Farm
21.283494
-157.69397000000004
495 Pakala StreetHonoluluOahu808-395-1223 Website
La‘iku Organic Farm
19.5615735
-155.0661121
P. O. Box 918KurtistownHawai'i(808) 966-7361
Kamaaina Land Plant Nursery
21.539227
-158.1550654
Poamoho Agricultural SubdivisionWaialuaOahu(808) 589-6242

Markets

KCC Saturday Farmers Market
21.2709554
-157.79941889999998
4303 Diamond Head RdHonoluluOahu(808) 848-2074Website
Honolulu Farmers' Market
21.299434
-157.85037799999998
Neil Blaisdell Center777 Ward AvenueHonoluluOahu(808) 848-2074Website
Ala Moana Farmers' Market
21.2912881
-157.84296470000004
1450 Ala Moana BoulevardHonoluluOahu(808) 388-9696Website
Hale'iwa Farmers' Market
21.6363535
-158.0546751
Waimea Valley59-864 Kamehameha HighwayHale'iwa Oahu(808) 388-9696Website
Wahiawa Farmers' Market
21.4983255
-158.02312489999997
Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission parking lot1067 California AvenueWahiawaOahuWebsite
Upcountry Farmers Market
20.8525374
-156.32002339999997
Kulamalu Town Center55 Kiopaa StreetPukalani/KulaMauiWebsite
Hawaii Kai Farmers' Market
21.2850441
-157.6969039
Kaiser High School511 Lunalilo Home RoadHawaii KaiOahu(808) 388-9696Website
Volcano Farmers' Market
19.434279
-155.22986200000003
19-4030 Wright RoadVolcanoHawai'iWebsite

Passionfruit (Lilikoi)

Inside the Lilikoi

 

Passionfruits are spreading vine plants that produce stunning, extraterrestrial-like flowers and flavorful fruit.

Numerous varieties grow in gardens and run wild in Hawaii.

Yellow Passionfruit’ is the most common of the passionfruits in Hawaii and this is what is commonly known as lilikoi.

The more rare purple passionfruit is a sweeter eating variety. ‘

Jamaican Passionfruit’ is the orange variety and also is known for its sweetness.

The ‘Orange Passionfruit’ is the one with the hard orange skin.

Then there is the ‘Giant Granadilla’ or Giant Passionfruit, it has large striking flowers and giant coconut sized fruit, though not as flavorful.

These are a few.

It is high in vitamin C and some eat it to prevent oncoming colds.  It is also prized for its juice which is distinct and highly acidic.

Eating and Cooking Tips

- Always wash your lilikoi well before eating.

- Most often just cut the fruit in half and eat it with a with a spoon, savoring the gel-like nectar and spitting out the seeds.  It’s especially nice when you are in the mood for something tart, zesty and fruity.

- Folks also use the juice to make jellies, fruit butter, sorbets, glazes and dessert toppings.

Selecting and Storing Tips

All passionfruit lovers know that “the uglier the better” – more wrinkles, the more brown on the yellow, the riper the fruit.  The shiny skin still beautiful ones need to sit out on the counter for a few days to ripen.

Store ripe passion fruit in the refrigerator up to seven days, in an sealed bag to retain moisture.

Morsel of History

The origin of passionfruit is thought to be the Amazonian region of South America now known as Brazil. The purple passion fruit was introduced to Hawaii via seeds brought from Australia and were first planted in 1880.  The vine took to the climate here and came flourish in home gardens, through sharing of cuttings, seeds and “bird plantings.”  It quickly became naturalized in the lower forests and by 1930 it could be found growing wild on all the islands.