What is the shelf life of passion fruit (granadillas, maracujas)? 

Passion fruits have become increasingly popular because they contain natural substances that can boost your immune system and fight cancer cells.

They also provide a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin C, and provitamin A. While not everyone likes them, many enjoy their sweet flavor.

But how long does it last? Does it go bad after a few days? Or weeks? Months? Years?

In this article, I’ll tell you exactly how long passion fruit lasts and whether it goes bad. Then I’ll share my top tips for storing passion fruit safely until you’re ready to enjoy it.

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    Types of Passion fruit

    Passion fruit is the edible fruit of the Passiflora vine, with a tough outer skin and a juicy, seed-filled interior. Despite its small size, it is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and plant compounds that could benefit your health.

    There are several different kinds of them, varying in size and color. There are purple and yellow varieties, including:

    • Small round or oval-shaped fruits with purple skin.
    • Round, has yellow skin and is usually slightly bigger than the purple variety.

    How do I know if my passion fruit is ripe?

    Ripe passion fruits are chosen those that are fragrant, shriveled, wrinkled, and rich in color. They should not be overly ripe nor should their skins be excessively wrinkled.

    If the skin is smooth, ripen at room temperature and turn occasionally. Allow the passion fruit to ripen at room temperature, then store them in the refrigerator. 

    How long can you keep passion fruit?

    Ripe passion fruit
    • Room temperature: 2 to 5 days or until ripe
    • Refrigerator: 5 to 7 days once ripe
    • Freezer: 6 to 8 months (best quality)

    The shelf life of passion fruit depends on the variety and how they are stored. At room temperature, most varieties will last about two to five days. If refrigerated, they may be kept for up to seven days. Passion fruits that have been frozen will usually stay good for six to eight months.

    The best way to store them is in a cool, dry place. The fruit can then be refrigerated in a plastic bag for up to a few days or frozen for more extended storage without any loss of quality.

    How do I use passion fruits?

    Passion fruits are usually eaten fresh but may be used in sauces and fillings when they’re ripe. Halve the fruit and scoop the flesh from its skin with a spoon. The aromatic, jelly-like golden flesh of this delicious tropical fruit is sweet and tart in flavor and contains edible seeds.

    How long can you keep passion fruit pulp?

    As a concentrate, passion fruit pulp lasts for 6-12 weeks. After you’ve made the juice, it will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

    How long can I keep passion fruit juice in the fridge?

    You can keep passion fruit juice in your fridge for up to four days. Refrigerate the fruit in a plastic bag or airtight container for several days or freeze it for longer periods.

    To freeze passion fruit, scoop out the flesh and place it in ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer the ice cubes to an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag. 

    Can I freeze whole passion fruit?

    Yes, you can. You should be able to freeze them for up to three months. Just make sure to remove the stem before freezing.

    How do you know if passion fruit has gone bad?

    Passion fruit is very perishable and can go bad quickly. If you have any doubts about whether it is still good, here are some tips for how to tell if they’re no longer safe to eat.

    • When passion fruit goes bad, it becomes soft and mushy. This means that the fruit has spoiled and needs to be thrown away.
    • If you see mold growing on the surface of the fruit, throw it out immediately. Mold is a sign that the fruit is rotting.
    • If you smell a strong odor coming from the fruit, discard it. Odors mean that the fruit has spoiled.
    • If you notice any signs of insect infestation, such as holes in the skin, toss it out. Insects and worms can carry diseases that can cause illness.

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