How to Eat Lilikoi and the Best Way to Pair It with Other Foods

April 18, 2019

Lilikoi, also known as passionfruit, is the fruit of the Passiflora plant. This plant is a vine that grows in warm climates. Lilikoi is one of the many tasty and healthy fruits found in Hawaii. The small fruit features a hard yellow, orange or purple outer rind. Inside are purple seeds and yellow fruit, which has a pulp-like texture. Both the seeds and fruit can be eaten or juiced. Lilikoi is full of vitamins and nutrients. This fruit even has antioxidant properties, making it a healthy addition to your diet.

How to Eat Lilikoi

To eat lilikoi, the fruit must be cut open. The outer rind is not edible. Use a spoon to remove the seeds and fruit or pulp by scooping and scraping them away from the rind. You can eat the seeds and the fruit, or just the fruit. Separate the juice from the seeds and fruit by pressing everything through cheesecloth or a strainer.

Recipes Using Lilikoi

Lilikoi is versatile and complements a variety of recipes. The fruit and seeds can be eaten raw or prepared into condiments, treats or snacks. Some of the ways to prepare foods using lilikoi include:

  • Add just the juice or the seeds and fruit to yogurt for a healthy breakfast or snack. Make a yogurt parfait by layering the lilikoi and yogurt mixture with granola, chia seeds, sliced banana, kiwi or other fruits.
  • Mix lilikoi juice with oil, vinegar, honey, and seasoning to create a salad dressing.
  • Mash the fruit and seeds with a fork and spread on top of white meat, like chicken and pork or white fish, like tilapia.
  • Make lilikoi curd by mixing lilikoi juice with egg yolks, sugar and lemon juice. Simmer over medium heat until the curd thickens.

Juice from lilikoi can be used to add a sweet flavor to foods or to make delicious beverages. When making a drink using lilikoi juice, keep some seeds handy to use as a garnish. Drink recipes featuring lilikoi include:

  • Mix the juice with other fruit juices or seltzer.
  • Blend the fruit and seeds, along with milk, yogurt and other citrus ingredients into a smoothie.
  • Make a lilikoi mixer by adding the juice to your favorite mixed drink or add a splash to your liquor of choice.

Start Enjoying Lilikoi

Now that you know more about lilikoi and how to eat this sweet and healthy tropical fruit you should give it a try! Pick up some lilikoi next time you visit a market. You can also stop by Alchemy Maui or your nearest store that carries Valley Isle Kombucha!

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