Passion fruit boba pearls have a sweet and sour taste and a yellow color similar to mango boba pearls. The dark seeds inside the dough make it super cute. Let's learn how to make boba pearls with fresh passion fruit at home.
What's Passion Fruit
Passion fruit is a tropical delight primarily known for its tempting exotic flavors and delightful aroma. This round or oval-shaped fruit can grow up to 1.5 to 3 inches. The shell can be yellow, red, purple, or green in color depending upon the variety of the fruit. The rind gets wrinkled as the fruit ripens.
The pulp is the real treasure of this fruit, with a strong sweet, and sour taste. Passion fruit has larger black seeds, compared with dragon fruit.
Features of passion fruit boba pearls
The unique passion fruit puree will make the boba pearls stand out. The following are the three features I love most.
- A lovely yellow color: the color of passion fruit boba pearls are similar to mango boba pearls - a bright yellow color
- Crunchy black seeds inside - the black seeds create a lovely comparison of the texture.
- Adds exotic, tropical flavor - Passion fruit is an exotic fruit grown in tropical regions like Hawaii, Florida, Australia, and South America. Its unique flavor is difficult to replicate. The pearls bring a taste of the tropics to your boba drink.
Those passion fruit boba pearls look so lovely with dragon fruit boba.
What are passion fruit boba pearls?
Boba pearls, or tapioca pearls, are chewy small, round balls in the bottom of bubble milk tea drinks. Brown sugar boba pearls are the most popular type.
Passion fruit boba pearls are tapioca balls that have been infused with passion fruit flavor.
Traditionally, boba pearls are mede from tapioca starch. If you can’t find tapioca starch, it can be replaced by other starches like cornstarch. But the pearls will be much softer.
Pure white tapioca pearls will turn transparent after cooking. When colored fruit juice like passion fruit is added, we can make colored boba pearls, including pink strawberry boba pearls, yellow mango boba pearls, and green mocha boba pearls.
- Passion fruit pulp: Strain the seeds if you don't like them to get pure passion fruit syrup.
- sugar: sugar is a must for passion fruit in order to milden the sour taste
- tapioca starch: this is the essential ingredient that creates a chewier taste for the boba pearls. Or you can use cornstarch.
Prepare the passion fruit puree:
- Choose a ripe passion fruit with wrinkled skin that slightly feels soft on pressing.
- Hold the fruit firmly in one hand and cut it through the skin in half by using a sharp knife.
- Scoop out the thick, gelatinous pulp along with the seeds by using a spoon.
Heat the passion fruit puree: add the passion fruit puree to a small pot. Heat until boiling. Stir from time to time to avoid burning.
Add the starch: turn off the fire, and add half of the starch. Mix for 5-6 seconds. add the remaining starch.
Knead the dough: mix the dough when it is still hot using tools like a scraper. Knead with your hand until it is warm, but not completely cooled.
Shape passion fruit boba pearls: Knead until the dough is almost smooth. Then cut into four pieces, and shape each piece into a long log. Pinch a small portion and roll it into a round ball.
Dusting: Dust with more starch to avoid being sticky. Then shift the extra flour off with a strainer.
Passion fruit Boba Pearls
- 3.5 oz (100g) passion fruit pulp
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 cup tapioca starch
- more tapoica starch for dusting
Passion fruit pulp
- Choose a ripe passion fruit with wrinkled skin that slightly feels soft on pressing. Hold the fruit firmly in one hand and cut it through the skin in half by using a sharp knife. Scoop out the thick, gelatinous pulp along with the seeds by using a spoon.
Heat the mixture
- add the passion fruit puree to a small pot. Heat until boiling. Stir from time to time to avoid burning.
Add the starch
- Turn off the fire, and add half of the starch. Mix for 5-6 seconds. add the remaining starch.
Knead the dough
Shaping the pearls
- Knead until the dough is almost smooth. Then cut into four pieces, shape each piece into a long log. Pinch a small portion and roll into a round ball.
- Dust with more starch to avoid sticky. Then shift the extra flour off with a strainer.
Cook passion fruit pearls
- You can freeze the boba pearls after dusting or cook them right now.
- On stove: bring a large pot of water to a boil and then add the passion fruit boba pearls. Heat over the high-middle fire and cook for around 10 minutes until the boba peel floats on the surface. Turn off the heat, cover the lid, and let it stay for another 10 minutes. For larger boba pearls, cook 15 minutes and set aside for another 15 minutes.
- Insant pot method: Add boba peals and water to the pot. Secure the lid and close the vent. Set the Instant Pot to manual, high pressure for 5 minutes.
Soak and mix with syrup
- Soak the cooked passion fruit pearls in iced water and then strain. Warm boba pearls have a softer texture. You can skip soaking process if a softer texture is preferred.
- Mix with syrup or honey.
- Use a kitchen scale to weigh the ingredients to guarantee the best results concerning the texture and shape of the boba pearls.
- Use Tapioca Starch: Tapioca starch is the key ingredient in boba pearls.
- Make sure the puree is hot boiling before adding the first half of the starch.
- Be quick (6 to 7 seconds) when stirring the first half batch of starch. Then remove from heat and add the remaining starch. We tested several batches, and this yields the best result.
- On summer days, the dough can be a little bit sticky when it is still hot. Don’t dust too much extra flour at this stage, it will harden after cooling down.
- Knead the dough and shape it when it is still warm. But be careful, don’t get burnt on summer days.
- Keep the Dough Covered: Tapioca starch can dry out very quickly, so it’s important to keep your dough covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap when you’re not working with it.
- Size and Shape: If you plan to use it in boba milk tea, try to keep the size smaller, around ¼ inch in diameter. For dessert or tart decoration, you can shape it to ⅓ inch in diameter.
- You can freeze those dusted boba pearls up for 1 month.
- Cooked passion fruit pearls can be kept in syrup for 4 hours. After that, they hardened. So you need to cook them just before using.
Popular Pairings for Passion Fruit Boba Pearls
The sweet-tart pop of passion fruit boba blends deliciously with a wide variety of teas, milks, and other mix-in options.
Classic Milk tea - The rich flavor of black or green milk tea is complemented by the fruity passion fruit boba. So you can definitely use it to replace regular boba pearls.
Fruity bubble tea - Passion fruit boba brings extra fruitiness when paired with fruity boba drinks like passion fruit boba or mango bubble tea.
Iced coffee - To make a passion fruit boba iced coffee, pour espresso or cold brew over ice, milk, and passion fruit boba.
Fruit juices and smoothies- you can combine passion fruit boba pearls with common fruit juice and smoothies to add some extra textures.
Use in desserts - If you make a lovely cake or tarts, you can decorate it with passion fruit boba.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does passion fruit boba taste like?
Passion fruit boba tastes sweet and tropical and much softer than boba pearls made with only sugar and water, because of the fiber contained. They provide tropical flavor in the creamy milk tea or juice base.
Do passion fruit boba pearls need to be refrigerated?
Yes, passion fruit boba pearls should be refrigerated and have a shelf life around 4 hours. Raw boba pearls can be frozen up for 1 month.
Can you make passion fruit boba with jelly?
Yes, you can make DIY passion fruit jelly boba using sweetened passion fruit juice. Then that's passion fruit crystal boba.
So in summary, passion fruit boba pearls provide a fun, exotic new way to enjoy your favorite bubble tea drinks! Their sweet, tart tropical flavor pairs deliciously with everything from fruity teas to coffee drinks. So try to make it at home.