Your organic citrus will arrive ripe and ready to eat! You can tell your citrus is ripe usually by its fragrance and warmer (yellow or orange) hue. Their skin will be taut and the fruit will feel slightly heavier in your hand than in an unripe state.
Your Passion Fruit should be ripe upon arrival, but there might be some variation fruit to fruit. You’ll know they’re ripe when the skin begins to get slightly wrinkled or dimpled. Eat the wrinkly ones first (wrinkles usually mean the fruit is sweeter). Many people enjoy it before it reaches its wrinkly state (although it may be more sour), so feel free to experiment and taste! Passion Fruit should ripen in 1-2 days.
Valencia Oranges, Navel Oranges and Cara Cara Oranges make a delicious, sweet snack. We recommend enjoying these citrus as is, simply cut into wedges or peel to consume. Eureka Lemons are slightly more acidic than typical lemon varieties, but can be substituted for any of their common uses.
Passion Fruit can be eaten by slicing the rind in half with a knife and scooping out the seedy pulp with a spoon. We also recommend enjoying Passion Fruit as is, by the spoonful, straight from the rind. Passion Fruit is also delicious on yogurt or you can strain the pulp through a sieve to separate the juice from the seeds, although they are edible and provide a much-beloved crunch.
For recipes including your Organic Passion Fruit, Citrus Medley and Passion Fruit Shrub see below.
Your citrus can be stored on the counter at room temperature for usually a few days, however this method speeds up the ripening. With citrus this special, we recommend storing them loose in the refrigerator crisper drawer away from apples to keep them fresher, for longer.
It is not recommended to freeze whole citrus fruits. However you can freeze sections or slices on a baking sheet and then store in a resealable bag.
Store any un-wrinkled Passion Fruit on your countertop for 1-2 days to ripen. Once ripened, refrigerate Passion Fruit to keep them fresh for up additional 3-5 days.
Freezing Passion Fruit is a great option if you want to keep these tropical fruits fresher, longer. It’s best to freeze passion fruit pulp, not the whole fruit. To freeze, first, scoop the passion fruit pulp from its peel and place it into a freezer-safe container.
Any unused Passion Fruit Shrub should be stored out of direct sunlight in a dark cabinet or pantry.