IN APPEARANCE, the winged-stem passion fruit resembles a small papaya. The smooth, greenish- yellow skin is more attractive than that of the yellow (also called golden) passion fruit – which becomes all wrinkled when the fruit is ripe – and the pulp is milder in flavor. Not as suitable to make juices, it is usually served fresh for dessert, cut in half, to be eaten by the spoonful. Because the fruit contains passiflora, a natural calming agent, it is also cultivated for medicinal use. The best are harvested in Brazil in January, April, July, August and December.