Lilikoi, The Tangy Fruit You've Never Heard Of
Though few fruit are actually endemic to Hawaii, exotic fruit now grows in abundance here, and you should not miss the opportunity to taste them in all their glorious variations.
One of Hawaii’s most popular exotic fruits is the lilikoi, or yellow passionfruit. Lilikois are extremely tart yet incredibly sweet, and so while only the bold tongue will eat them raw, when added to your favorite cake, drink, jam or dessert, lilikoi make everything better.
100g (roughly ½ cup) of the fruit’s pulp packs 50% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin C, 25% of your Vitamin A, and 10g of dietary fiber. This is impressive considering lilikoi are very small, and that the smaller, browner and more wrinkled they come, the better they taste. But beware -- the reason they are so good likely has something to do with how much sugar they carry. Lilikoi have about 11g of sugar per serving, so don’t eat six a day.
The most straightforward way to eat a lilikoi is to cut it in half, scoop out its seeds (which are small but very hard) and dig into the pulp.
Any of our wedding cakes in Maui can have the wonder lilikoi filling. Here are some examples.