It’s a constant mission on our farm of abundance to find a way to preserve all of the fruit that we can’t consume on a daily basis. So, in an effort to make sure nothing goes to waste, much of the time, this means making big batches of fruit concentrates for juice, dehydrated fruit leathers, raw cakes, frozen treats, and much more. Passion fruit (or as it is called in Hawaii, lilikoi), is one of the best concentrates to have on hand because just a little bit goes a very long way. With its very tart, unique, and potent flavor, it adds a lot of dimension to anything it is added to. You can also just have some handy to add small amounts with water and sweetener to create a simple juice just for drinking.
In order to make the concentrate, the seeds will be separated from the juice itself. Once processed, you will have one jar of each– one of pure juice, and the other of the seeds, which can be used for different purposes. While the directions are pretty simple and self-explanatory, for anyone who is not accustomed to preserving or working with this fruit will hopefully find it helpful.
The juice concentrate can remain refrigerated for a couple days if unused, but after that, I would highly recommend it be kept in the freezer until needed to preserve freshness and to avoid it fermenting.
- Sweetener (optional)
- Small cerrated knife
- Wire mesh strainer
- 2 glass jars
Have a mesh wire strainer placed over a bowl prepared and on hand, along with two open glass jars. Cut open each lilikoi down the middle and use a spoon to scoop the contents out into the mesh wire strainer. It’s often easier to do it in batches (about a dozen lilikoi at a time) than to try to tackle all the lilikoi in one go. Use the spoon to stir the lilikoi around in the strainer to begin extracting the juice. Keep stirring until it seems most of the juice has been separated. Pour the processed seeds into one jar and the juice at the bottom of the bowl into the other. Cut open the remaining lilikoi and repeat these steps until all the juice has been processed.