FoodieTuesday: Passion Fruit Drink

The passion fruit is a round yellow (or purple) fruit with a very distinctive flavor. It is used in juices, ice cream, pastries and even syrup.

The yellow passion fruit is quite common in Jamaica and is usually found growing on vines in backyard gardens.


Whole passion fruit

I was at my uncle’s home a few years ago when he asked if I’d like something to eat. I figured he’d buy us a meal so I was surprised when I heard the unmistakable sounds of pots and pans coming from his kitchen.

“You said you wanted something to eat,” he said, when I asked what he was doing, “I’m making us lunch.”

He noticed the look of shock on my face and burst out laughing.

“You think I can’t cook,” he said, still smiling.

When I offered to help, he shooed me out of the kitchen.

“I’ve been cooking since before you were born,” he added, chuckling.

Half of a passionfruit

That did nothing to boost my confidence. I never knew Uncle Norris, the baby of the family, to cook. Whenever he came to our house, he’d head straight to the refrigerator for something to drink. If we didn’t have lemonade, his favorite, he’d call me to make him some. I was maybe 8 or 9 and hated having my playtime interrupted.

By now the smell of curry was wafting through the living room.

“What are you making?” I called out.

“Mind your own business,” he replied. “I said I’d make you lunch and I’m making you lunch.”

When I heard the whirring of the blender, I became even more curious. What could he be making now, I wondered.

I couldn’t believe the meal he’d whipped up. It was the most delicious curried chicken I’d eaten in a while. But it was the passion fruit drink that accompanied it that still has me talking almost four years later.

The slightly tangy taste of the passion fruit was the perfect accompaniment to the bold flavor of the curried chicken. It was so refreshing, I poured another glass.

How to Make Passion Fruit Drink


4-6 Passion fruits


Sugar to taste


Cut passion fruit in half, scoop the flesh into a blender. Add water and sugar to taste. Blend until smooth. Strain. Serve chilled or over ice.

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24 comments on “FoodieTuesday: Passion Fruit Drink

  1. What a nice surprise to have that delicious curry chicken and a fabulous new drink. Did your uncle ever cook for you again? Can’t say that I’ve ever actually seen a yellow passion fruit. Now I’ve got a taste for something with passion fruit in it — ice cream would be nice.

  2. Hey! I’m here for the first time linking up. Would love to have been a part of that meal your uncle made. 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

  3. Hi Marcia – What a great — and easy! — recipe you offered today. I will keep that handy for our next stay in the tropics. And the link I’ve added was from last year, but having just eaten at the same place yesterday I can tell you the food remains top quality and the lines just as long!!

  4. I like a place that offers consistent service. Glad to hear the food’s still top quality, Jackie.
    Hope you try the passion fruit drink soon.

  5. It was a nice surprise, Cathy. And no, he’s never cooked for me again and he’d even forgotten that he’d made the passion fruit drink! But we bonded in a whole new way that day.
    I think you’d like the passion fruit ice cream.

  6. Come to think of it, I don\’t think I\’ve ever seen a passion fruit—or perhaps I did, but had no idea what I was looking at. I have to admit that if I saw the passion fruits pictured above and didn\’t know what they were, I probably would not be tempted to make a juice drink out of them — which is why we must read and learn!!The post I\’ve added is about flying business class — something I do rarely enough to make it blog worthy. It\’s not often I wax rhapsodic about airplane dining, but the meal I\’ve described on our flight from Japan to Toronto was truly memorable.

  7. Wow!! What a treat for you my friend! I have never seen a passion fruit before and I bet the entire meal was heavenly! It sure sounds it! I hope you learned the recipe so that you can cook for me one day!

  8. These were picked the same day but they do get a little pockmarked.
    They’re delicious though and if you have them growing in your garden, even better.
    I’ve yet to see them in the supermarket.

  9. I’ve never had passion fruit. Though, I love curry chicken. I may have to go to our market here to experience passion fruit. It’s a haven of a place to shop for fresh goods.

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