Passion Fruit Sauce

June 19, 2018mayurisjikoni
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Another passion fruit condiment you may think and no I didn’t get a sackful of passion fruit. I made this sauce to take for my son. As you read along, you’ll get to know how versatile this sauce is.

Passion fruit, passionfruit, grenadille as the the fruit is called, grows on vines. The fruit can be yellow or dark purple. The pulp will be either light yellow to dark orange. There are two main types of passion fruits, the sour and tangy ones or the sweet ones. The pulp of the sweet ones is usually light grey in colour.

Kenya grows all three varieties of passion fruit in abundance. While modern chefs in Kenya  make exotic dishes using passion fruit right from desserts to sauces, mostly all Kenyans love their glass of cold refreshing passion fruit juice or passion juice as its called. Ask any Kenyan Gujarati and they’ll have at some time in their lives enjoyed passion fruit mixed with chevdo.

I remember when I was young, my grandfather had grown a huge vine of passion fruit. They have the most prettiest flowers and the  tangy fruit itself is very aromatic. My grandmother would not want us to pick the fruit before it was ready and so to keep us away from the vine, she would tell us that those pretty flowers attract snakes. Boy did we keep a very very long distance from the vine!

Why is passion fruit good for you?

  • Its rich in Vitamin C and therefore very good to build up ones immunity
  • Its a rich source of antioxidants and anti inflammation compounds which help to fight cancer.
  • Its a rich source of Vitamin A and therefore very beneficial for healthy eyesight
  • Its good for the skin
  • a rich source of dietary fibers so its very good for digestion
  • a rich source of copper and iron, making it good for the blood and blood circulation
  • Helps to reduce bad cholesterol
  • Its a rich source of potassium, eating one passion fruit every day reduces blood pressure
  • It helps to improve bone health as its rich in phosphorus, copper, iron,magnesium
  • Passion fruit has a medicinal alkaloid called harman which functions like a sedative. It helps to reduce restlessness, insomnia and nervous anxiety. It is recommended to have one passion fruit before going to bed.

During the passion fruit season I process the pulp in a blender, in short bursts so that the seeds gets separated from the pulp. I then strain the mixture and mix the passion fruit juice with sugar. Mix it well and keep in the freezer. Add about a tbsp or two of the syrup with water and a fresh juice is ready in no time. Or I sometimes mix the juice with other fruits to make a healthy home made juice. Mixing it with other naturally sweet fruits means I need less sugar to add to the juice.

Passion fruit sauce comes in very handy when one wants to make a cool refreshing drink in a jiffy or serve it on top of some vanilla ice cream, or serve it with pancakes, add it to cakes and muffins. How about adding some passion fruit sauce to a salsa? Have you tried a panna cotta with passion fruit sauce? How about a delicious mango passion fruit paleta? A passion fruit mojito, a margarita or any other cocktail, sounds delicious. A passion fruit dressing is superb for a tropical salad.

This time I simmered the juice with some sugar as I didn’t want it to get spoilt. Many Kenyan students, kids who live abroad take a bottle of the passion fruit sauce to remind them of home.

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Makes about 1½ cups

2 cups of passion fruit pulp

¾ cup sugar

a pinch of salt

  1. Put the pulp into a blender jug.
  2. Process it gently in short bursts for a few seconds.
  3. You will see that the pulp will come off the seeds.
  4. Strain the mixture using a sieve or strainer.
  5. Save about a tablespoon of seeds if you want to add some to the sauce.
  6. Mix the sugar and juice in a thick bottom pan.
  7. Put the pan on medium heat.
  8. Mix till the sugar melts and the mixture begins to boil.
  9. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  10. The liquid will become a bit thick.
  11. Add the saved seeds to the sauce and mix well.
  12. Let the sauce cool down a bit and then pour it into a jar to store.
  13. I prefer to store the sauce in the fridge as the climate here is too humid.
  14. Use the sauce to make some juice, add it to cakes and muffins, serve it with desserts, like ice creams, panna cotta. Serve it with pancakes. The uses of the sauce are endless.


  • Passion fruits are ready when the skin is all wrinkled. This way you’ll get maximum amount of liquid out of it.
  • The yellow ones tend to be less tangy then the purple ones.
  • The sweet passion fruit with the grey pulp is usually not used to be make any condiments. Its enjoyed as a fruit.
  • If you don’t want to cook the sauce then mix the sugar and passion fruit juice. Mix it well and store in the freezer. It does not need to be thawed as you can spoon it out easily.
  • Cooking the passion fruit with sugar changes the colour but when added to any other  dish it appears golden yellow.

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If you do try this recipe then please either

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You may want to check out my other passion fruit recipes:

coconut and passion fruit muffins
mango and passion fruit paletas
passion fruit iced tea
passion fruit cheesecake

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  • Priya Suresh

    June 19, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    I can enjoy this fabulous passion fruit sauce drizzled over a slice of cheesecake, seriously my mouth is already watering here. What a terrific sauce there.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 19, 2018 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks Priya, it does taste delicious with cheesecake.

    2. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

      September 12, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Wow !! Such a lovely way of using passion fruit in a sauce.. it seems to be much flavorful as this exotic fruit is used here👌👌

      1. mayurisjikoni

        September 12, 2019 at 7:54 pm

        Thanks Sasmita.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    June 20, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Well when I read the title I was about to ask you the same question, if you got a sack of passion fruit or what!..very nice sauce and when I do buy some passion fruit, I know where to come..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 23, 2018 at 6:23 am

      Ahh no Srivalli, no big sack of passion fruit, but the way I’m getting requests maybe will have to buy a sack next time 😉

  • Nalini

    June 22, 2018 at 5:12 am

    This sauce with passion fruit sounds interesting and inviting..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 23, 2018 at 6:13 am

      Thanks Nalini.

  • Harini

    June 23, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Wow! such exotic dishes you have showcased this week, Mayuri. It is very interesting to read about the Kenyan scene.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 24, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much Harini.

  • cookingwithsapana

    June 24, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Passion fruit sauce sounds super inviting Mayuri, I can finish it as such without any bread or side.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 24, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks Sapana.

  • Renu

    June 25, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Loved your sauces. This looks absolutely irresistible and stunning.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 25, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you Renu.

  • gayathriraani

    June 26, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    We don’t get passion fruit here, but I am so tempted after seeing your delicious recipes. Looks like it is a versatile fruit. The sauce looks so delicious and will work wonderful as toppings for bakes..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:22 am

      Thanks Gayathri it is a very versatile fruit and very popular in Kenya.

  • chefmireille

    July 1, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    love the flavor of passionfruit though it is so difficult to get here fresh – maybe I can try it with frozen passionfruit concentrate – that I can easily get

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 2, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      I’m sure it would work Mireille. It tastes so good with ice cream.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    July 2, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    You are so lucky to have the passion fruit growing in abundance in Kenya. We hardly get fresh ones here and I love all the three recipes that you have posted this week. This sauce is such a versatile one and I am sure would taste so good on anything.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 6, 2018 at 1:07 am

      Thanks Sandhya.. I used it on vanilla ice cream and on panna cotta. Tastes great.

  • Sowmya:)

    July 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    That’s a lovely passion fruit series….love all the dishes. The pics are so tempting!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:06 am

      Thank you Sowmya.

  • Simply Tadka

    August 7, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    This sauce looks so perfect and inviting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 9, 2018 at 5:19 am

      Thanks Preethi

  • shobhakeshwani

    May 26, 2019 at 4:29 am

    I used to make this in Brazil. I love passion fruit desserts and drinks. Amazing flavours. The sauce looks so nice and attractive with the seeds..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 26, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks Shobha, I love passion fruit.

  • FoodTrails

    May 26, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Such a versatile sauce that can used in desserts, as toppings on cakes and ice creams.. looks so delicious.. I have still to try making it at home .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 26, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      Its absolutely delicious with vanilla or mango ice-cream. I’ve used it for cheesecake too.

  • Annalisa Schenfeld

    August 28, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    You are so cool! I don’t believe I have read through a single thing like this before. So wonderful to discover another person with a few original thoughts on this issue. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that is required on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

  • Archana

    September 14, 2020 at 3:11 am

    I am still laughing at how naive children can be, our generation, of course. Flowers attract snakes! 😂
    We hardly get passion fruits so I can’t remember the taste but I love the sauce you have described. Sounds delicious and yes I want to drink some.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 14, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks Archana. Passion fruit is my family’s favorite.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    April 3, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Making a sauce with passion fruit sounds brilliant ! Can imagine how flavorful it must have been !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 3, 2021 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam, the flavour is really good, a bit tangy and sweet. Also passion fruit has a very strong aroma.

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