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Lilikoi Curd

Lilikoi (aka Passion Fruit) Curd is a sweet Hawaiian treat that pairs perfectly with cheesecake, ice cream, crepes, and fudge. Give it a try!

Lilikoi (aka Passion Fruit) Curd is a sweet Hawaiian treat that pairs perfectly with cheesecake, ice cream, crepes, and fudge. Give it a try!

Lilikoi Curd

Today, I’m going to give you a little background on Lilikoi – or as you may know it, Passion Fruit.

I have fond memories of eating it as a kid. I would scoop the sweet center out and then spit the seeds out. It’s a very common fruit in Hawaii, but it is a bit labor-intensive to prepare with all of the seeds inside.

The Lilikoi grow on huge vines that creep up other trees and just go all over. I was fortunate that a friend took me out on her farm to pick them with me and teach me all about them. We walked out into a big field full of Macadamia nut trees where the lilikoi grow up the trees and just creep all over. As the fruit ripens, they just drop to the ground and you go around picking them up.

Image showing how the Hawaiian Lilikoi looks as a flower, on the vine, and cut open.

As you can see, the outer flesh is very thick, so even if it looks beat up, the inside is usually protected. There were a lot of eaten fruit on the ground and it turns out that the local wild pigs come through eating the dropped fruit and nuts.

Sliced passion fruit showing off the edible fruit and seeds inside.

We collected a 5 gallon bucket of fruit and got about 6 cups of juice from it.

What is lilikoi curd?

Well, lilikoi curd is very similar to lemon curd. It’s sweet and amazing on just about anything.

I’m bringing 3 cups of frozen juice home so I can make more! As I said, it’s work to remove all of the seeds. You can do it similarly as removing seeds from raspberries; just pressing the juice through a fine sieve and discarding the seeds. My friend used her Ninja and it didn’t pulverize the seeds.

If you ever make it to Hawaii, you’ve got to try Lilikoi. They have it in ice cream, fudge, cheesecakes, bars, toppings, and most likely a few more desserts I haven’t seen…

This recipe is part one of a three-part series including Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies and Lilikoi Cheesecake.

Lilikoi (aka Passion Fruit) Curd is a sweet Hawaiian treat that pairs perfectly with cheesecake, ice cream, crepes, and fudge. Give it a try!
Yield: 1 quart

Lilikoi Curd

Lilikoi Curd

Lilikoi (aka Passion Fruit) Curd is a sweet Hawaiian treat that pairs perfectly with cheesecake, ice cream, crepes, and fudge. Give it a try!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Lilikoi Juice

Instructions

    1. Mix all the ingredients with a whisk in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. If the curd is too thick, you can add up to another 1/2 cup of juice if needed to thin it out.
    2. Pour into a quart container with lid and cool before refrigerating.

    Notes

    You can use fresh lilikoi juice or look for an organic juice with no added sugar - like Ceres.

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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    32

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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    Joybee

    Thursday 14th of August 2014

    I love lilikoi. I had to check out this post because you called it lilikoi and you don't hear that much outside of Hawaii. I scoop out the inside and put it in my smoothies some times (I leave the seeds in for fiber). I'm jealous you were able to get so many I'll have to make friends with someone who has lilikoi vines (I live in the city so no place to grow them...although I have a small vine in a container it just doesn't have the room to grow big enough but I've gotten a couple flowers on it...I also have to remember to water it). I'm pinning.

    Karyn Granrud

    Thursday 14th of August 2014

    I was born and raised in Hawaii and it was so nice to go back and have a great experience with a new friend. She was lucky to get to go on to the neighbors property and pick so many off the ground. However, the wild pigs got their pick first.

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