Inside Fierce Fruit: Introducing the Maracuya (Golden Passion Fruit)

Maracuya fruit cut open

Marayuca Fruit: A Beginner’s Guide

Welcome to Inside Fierce Fruit, where we give you an inside look into the fruits that we later turn into our wonderful purees! 🍉🍓🍅🥭🍍

In this blog post, we'll be exploring the maracuya passion fruit and how you can use it! Also known as the golden passion fruit, maracuya has a bright yellow rind and an equally bright yellow pulp. It’s a tropical fruit belonging to the passiflora family and is the cousin of the curuba.

There are tons of ways to use the delectable fruit! Watch our video below:


If you’re a passion fruit fan, you might already be familiar with the maracuya fruit. This golden variety has the recognizable “passion fruit” flavor — an intensely sweet and floral aroma with a potent sour taste. This variety is typically found in Central and South America and is actually a little bit sourer than the gulupa (purple passion fruit).

One of the big reasons why the maracuya is so popular among craft brewers is its versatility. Because it's naturally more acidic and tart than purple passion fruit, you can really nail that perfect, natural bite that pushes many brews over the top. 

For example, you could make a beautiful sour lambic with maracuya fruit. At the same time, you’re not limited to sour and tart flavor profiles! Adding sweetener is a simple and effective way to tame the marayuca. Simply put, this lovely fruit puts you in control of the subtle flavor nuances that make your fruit puree brews so special.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrients

The maracuya is very high in vitamins, especially vitamin C, vitamin A, niacin, and riboflavin. Maracuya passion fruit is also low in sodium and calories and packed with antioxidants, potassium, soluble fiber, and magnesium.

The maracuya passion fruit flower in bloom

Maracuya Uses

One taste of your new cocktails, beers, or other passion fruit brews will have guests clamoring to know all about the mysterious maracuya fruit! You can add it to all sorts of both sweet and savory food and drink recipes for a delicious tart flavor, or even eat it almost as-is for an ultra-healthy snack!

If you want to, you can cut the maracuya in half, treat the rind as a bowl, and eat it straight with a spoon — seeds and all. We recommend sprinkling a little sugar or sweetener on top to cut through the tart flavor, much like how you might prepare a grapefruit for breakfast. Some people have also been known to add a little cream.

Maracuya fruit is also the perfect complement for a wide variety of fruit beers, from cream ales to IPAs. Consider adding lactose when brewing to round out the flavor. This will provide a full taste that can stand up to food and allow you to appreciate other aspects of the beer.

A basket of golden passion fruit

Fun Facts About Maracuya Passion Fruit

  • Maracuya is available during the winter and summer months and is cultivated throughout Australia, India, South America, and Hawaii. 
  • Alongside the more “traditional” purple passion fruit, it’s one of the only passion fruits commercially grown by humans.
  • Technically, the maracuya is a type of berry known as a pepo.
  • Marayuca fruit is native to the Amazon rainforest in South America.
  • The flowers of passion fruit are often used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and pain.
  • Passion fruit vines have been known to climb as high as 30 feet.

Make Brews With Miraculous Maracuya

As you can see we’re passionate about sharing our knowledge about passion fruit! Now that you know all about this wonderful passion fruit variety, you’re probably eager to find some for yourself. Don’t worry — Fierce Fruit has you covered with our delicious passion fruit puree that’s perfect for beer, cider, mead, and so much more.

Like all of our 100% real fruit purees, our marayuca fruit puree is made with strong, bold fruits so you can experience the full depth of its flavor. Each maracuya passion fruit is sun-ripened to really bring out all of those tropical and floral notes that passionate passion fruit aficionados can’t get enough of. 

Our fruit purees are 100% natural with no sugar added, and they’re also non-GMO, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan —just the good stuff and nothing else. Place your order today, or sign up for our wholesale program for some major perks. Check out our craft brewing blog for the latest inspiration and to see more of Inside Fierce Fruit!

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