Tropical Smoothie Bowl is fest of tropical fruits; passion fruit, mango and pineapple blended with coconut milk and ice cubes for an exotic start of the day.passion fruit smoothie pineapple mango coconut milk

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

I don’t know for you but tropical fruits are my favorites! This smoothie is an ode to the tropics with its exotic flavors. The smoothie base is a pineapple and mango blended with coconut milk with a topping of pineapple, shredded coconut and last but not the least; Passion fruit (or Maracuyá).

Every bite as a new fun texture to it with an overall tropical flair! Without saying it’s filled with vitamins, let’s say… enough to last a year without getting scurvy. A great combination of exotic flavors, complementing one another beautifully.


The many names of Passion fruit

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To make it clearer… There are three popular types of Passion Fruits, a yellow, a purple and reddish one. Which is without contest the clearer names we’ll get about those exotic fruits. Called after the majestic flower of a subtropical/tropical vine plant called Passiflora edulis. In english the confusion about the name isn’t such a big deal, since the fruits are coming from a faraway exotic place we simply give it the name “passion fruit” or “passionfruit” followed by its color. However in the rest of the world, where they now grow “passion fruits”, (Hawaii, South Africa, Australia, SE Asia) there are tons of different names to refer to the actual same fruit making it all too confusing.

Confusion, confusion

Oh my…. this segment just here, is the longest research I’ve ever done on any posts from this blog. Also a taboo subject at home, an eternal fight over “how to name” the different types of passion fruits. My husband believe the fruits are all called “passion fruits”, whether it’s a purple, yellow one, red, banana shaped one… But after living in Peru, where they call the yellow passion fruit “Maracuyá” and then a bit later in the Caribbeans also “Maracudja“…  At home, in Spain, at the Supermarket they label those three differently: “Maracuyá” for the yellow one, “passion fruit” for the purple and the orange one “granadilla”, just as I though… Although husby wasn’t wrong… After all those hours of discussions and research I came to the conclusion : nobody knows! There isn’t a most confusing fruit name in the world! Depending on the country, it’s pretty much called something different… They all come from the same plant, but some taste totally different than others, making it difficult to call it all the same, in my humble opinion…



passion fruit flowerThe purple passion fruit’s origin is Brazil, where the Portuguese would called it “Maracujá” after a guaraní term “mburucuja” which means “flies hammock”, no need for explication here… From there, it spread throughout South America, most Spanish countries down there would call the yellow passion fruit “Maracuyá”. However, back in the days, the Spanish missionaries, trying to convert the South American natives, would call the fruit “passion fruit” because its flower reminded them of the “Passion of the Christ” with symbols like the 5 wounds, the hammer and nails on a bottom part the crown of thorns… so nothing to do with a passionate love story. In the end, it seems like nobody ever bothered to figure out the actual name of those delicious exotic fruits.

Here are the other names given:

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Let’s forget about the names and simply use their latin names and colors to explore the three main types of passion fruits.


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  • The yellow passion fruit (flavicarpa): Of unknown origin, probably the Brazilian Amazon, apparently the original passion fruit. Bigger than the purple one, it has an oval form and is filled with delicious exotic juice and comestible seeds. This one is mainly used for its juice, makes sensational drink in Peru called “Maracuya Sour”. Filled with pectin, a natural gel agent, it’s suitable for many delicious desserts, ice creams and it’s acidity is also used for ceviches. Taste similar to the purple passion fruit. (Often referred to as “Maracuyá“)
  • The purple passion fruit: A smaller version, purple and rounder with a bright yellow interior. It contains fairly less seeds and juice than the yellow one, but taste as delicious. A touch of acidity, great to eat by itself with a spoon. (Named simply passion fruit by many)
  • The orange-reddish one (ligularis): A longer form and the stem is differently formed than the other two. This one as a greyish interior and taste quite differently than the other two. A really lightly sweet and perfumed flavor while the other two are bold, acidic yet sweet. (Often referred to as “granadilla” in Spanish, diminutive of pomegranate)

Anyhow, the truth is: it’s a fantastic fruit that need much more attention! For this recipe use whether the yellow or purple variety, but count double if you chose the purple ones since they are smaller. Unlike any other fruits… these are sweet and at their best when the shell become wrinkly, if it looks like your grandma’s skin than it’s ripe and ready to be consumed. Otherwise, if too acidic simply add a touch of simple syrup to it or honey to balance some of the acidity.

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Let’s get this exotic smoothie going!


Tropical Smoothie Bowl

Tropical Smoothie BowlIngredients
  • 300g pineapple frozen cubes (or fresh)
  • 1 mango
  • 200ml of coconut milk
  • water to taste (until right texture)
  • ice cubes to taste
  • pineapple slices
  • shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 yellow or 2 purple passion fruits
  1. Blend all the ingredients except the toppings until smooth
  2. Cut into two the passion fruit, test it out, if it still too acidic, add 1 tbsp of simple syrup to it and mix
  3. Add the toppings



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  1. This looks SO refreshing! I love your descriptions of the different passion fruit’s as well – I had no idea about the different varieties or really how to best enjoy them, but now I do!

  2. Denise Pare-Watson Reply

    Your research was very thorough and enjoyable to read. I learned a thing or two today ;). The smoothie bowl looks so enticing as well. Well done!

  3. Whatever it’s called, your smoothie bowl is gorgeous! It’s almost too pretty to eat! I tried to grow passion fruit once after seeing it blooming in Bruges, but it didn’t survive my Canadian winter. I enjoyed reading all the results of your detailed research!

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