Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Little Question.....

The candle making was a huge hit last night with my little haul of wax making a 7cm round tea light sized honey scented dream.... The only thing I'll change next time is how I rushed the cooling/setting stage of my candle making by popping my mould into the freezer... As you can see in the pic below, it caused my candle to crack... But that's only effected the aesthetic appeal as this little beauty smells like heaven in a pot when burning away on my bedroom dresser.

I've been trying to grow passion-fruit for the past 3 years here on the farm and finally this year all of my hard work has paid off.... My vine is absolutely loaded with fruit and I'm now dreaming of all the delicious passion-fruit recipes that I'll be able to create once these babies are ripe...
So here's my question..... How do I know when to pick???? Will they turn brown and wrinkle up or do I pick them green???
Have you grown passion-fruit before??? What was your favourite recipe to use you bounty of fruit up??

14 comments:

  1. how brilliant, beautiful flowers and fruit! I have grown one and it flowered beautifully up the front of our old home, sadly in England it's far to cold for them to bear any fruit.

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  2. hi jodie,

    great job with your candle making, i bet it smells gorgeous!
    don't pick your green passion fruit. wait until they turn a rich purple colour. i always spoon the pulp into ice cube trays and freeze. can then be used in all kinds of recipes, but also delish on top of vanilla ice cream.
    good luck! :)
    julie

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  3. the candle making looks fun! Our passionfruit turned up its toes in the winter! I will miss my yummy fruit this year. We have a new one in, so fingers crossed! Passionfruit butter would be my favourite!

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  4. Passionfruit on icecream, on top of pavlovas, in the icing on cupcakes, passionfruit slice...love it all!!

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  5. Hi Jodie, don't pick them green,wait till they go purple and a bit wrinkly and they either fall off themselves or are really easy to pick off. If they are hard to pull off they are not quite ready. I have just come across a recipe for a passion fruit tart, like a lemon tart but you use passionfruit pulp instead of lemon, sounds quite nice! I just like them fresh with a spoon scooping out the pulp! Have a good week!

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  6. It depends on what type they are. If they are any of the black varieties, wait until they turn colour & shrivel up. If they are a green variety like panama you'll pick them greenish yellow. They take ages to get to ripening stage. I remember picking one a week off my old vine, just waiting for them to ripen.
    Good luck!

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  7. Julie & Jules are right, wait for them to go purple & a bit wrinkly before picking. We have planted a yellow passionfruit & a purple passionfruit to grow over the cubby house - I'm determined that those boys will eat fruit!
    Your vine looks really healthy, well done!

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  8. You will know when they are ready - they will fall of themself - if ready they will pull of with the lightest of touches - if not leave them:) Have fun - freeze the pulp and you will have them all year round.
    Do you self fertilize - sometimes they need a little help:)
    The candle looks great.

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  9. ooh yum passionfruit. Ours didn't make it through winter either but it was an old vine almost at the end of it's life anyway. Passionfruit cordial is divine! I'll dig out the recipe for you.

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  10. you've had all the info anyway but definitely leave them until they are brown and wrinkly (or purpley and wrinkly depending what variety you are growing.)

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  11. My dad had passionfruit and we used to always pick them and eat them! You wait until they are purple and then you pick them otherwise there wont be anything inside them. They taste delicious too.

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  12. Yum, I love passionfruit. Icing on a sponge cake, on icecream, on top of a pav with bananas and strawberries, swirled through fruit salad. My favourite is passionfruit butter/curd which can also be spooned into pastry cases with a dollop of cream on top. When we were little my brother and I used to hide behind the shed, bite a hole in the passionfruit and squeeze out the pulp. Delicious.......but we weren't popular with Mum!!

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  13. Nice candle, its hard not to be impatient :-) Our passion fruit are green and I wait till they lighten in colour and then drop off. No one else in this house likes them tho :-( I love them on pavlova or passionfruit butter but I can't eat it all myself!

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  14. That passion fruit vine it Gorgeous! I've never had mine grown any fruit and it has only grown about 6 blooms a year, but I love it. Sorry I'm no help, just wanted to drop in and say Hello.

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