Bubble tea is a unique drink that combines different flavors and textures together that are usually outside of the typical Western palate.
Often, you’ll find flavors like taro root or durian as flavors, but more tropical flavors like mango, peach, or passion fruit are popular as well!
Tapioca pearls might not be the most common item at the grocery store, but at most specialty Asian groceries, you’ll find dried tapioca pearls that are either white or brown as pictured above.
Once cooked and set in some simple syrup, these boba pearls are tender and chewy treats to accompany some passion fruit mango black tea.
You can either blend and then strain the passion fruit pulp, or for a more low-key approach, simply use a spoon and a sieve to strain the juice.
Play around with the ratio of juice, if you want a stronger passion fruit flavor, feel free to add a couple more to the mix.
Using frozen juice increases the flavor even more, and you can always combine it with another complimentary tropical fruit.
Serve your special someone this passion fruit bubble tea while you sip and enjoy watching a movie, playing some board games, or simply just hanging out.
Here’s how to make passion fruit boba tea!
- To make the boba, start off by making a simple syrup with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water.
- Heat until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Transfer to a jar.
- Rinse out the pot and boil 5 cups of water.
- Once at a rolling boil, add tapioca pearls.
- Cook on high heat for twenty minutes, stirring once every 10 minutes. Lower to a simmer and cook until it reaches your desired texture (it should be soft and chewy), about another 5-10 minutes, again stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit in the water for 30 minutes.
- Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Add to the jar with simple syrup and let sit to soak up the sugars while you make the passion fruit tea.
- Half the passion fruits and strain pulp over a mesh sieve to get the juice.
- You’ll get about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of juice depending on how juicy your passionfruit is. If you don’t mind eating the pips (they have a similar texture to a raspberry seed), then you can simply blend the entire pulp together and add that to your bubble tea.
If you don’t want to make a simple syrup, just add 3 tbsp sugar to your black tea once you brew it so it’ll dissolve in the hot tea.
Otherwise use maple syrup, simple syrup, or simply any liquid sweetener of your choice.
In a blender, add your passionfruit juice/pulp, sweetened black tea, and frozen component.
You can choose to use ice, frozen passion fruit juice (freeze into ice cube trays), or 1 cup frozen mango.
Frozen passion fruit juice would probably be best, but frozen mango adds another tropical flavor to the mix. Blend on high until you get it slushy.
To serve, add 1/4 cup cooked boba with some simple syrup from the jar to a glass.
Pour passion fruit tea slushy on top and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Passion fruit bubble tea ingredients
For the bubbles or boba:
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) sugar
- 5 cups (1.25 L) water + 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
- 1 cup (250 mL) tapioca pearls
For the tea:
- 5 passion fruits
- 2 cups (500 mL) black tea, chilled
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) sugar OR maple syrup OR simple syrup
- 1 cup (250 mL) ice OR 1 cup frozen passion fruit juice cubes
What does passion fruit boba taste like?
You may probably know that tapioca pearls contain few health benefits.
But the health advantages of the passion fruit are so huge that the boba and passion fruit becomes a perfect mix of healthy goodness.
So before you take your first sip, let’s go through some of the key health benefits of passion fruit bubble tea.
Passion Fruit Bubble Tea is Rich in Vitamin C
The passion fruit contains high levels of Vitamin C, which means it’s rich in antioxidants.
Antioxidants play a huge role in preventing heart diseases and boosting your immune system.
Occasionally drinking passion fruit bubble tea helps your body reduce inflammation, heal, and prevent cell damage.
When you have more vitamin C in your system, you rarely get colds.
This is perfect, since you’ll be able to drink more bubble tea!
Passion Fruit Bubble Tea is Rich in Fiber
Passion fruit bubble tea has a lot of dietary fiber.
When it comes to diet, fiber is an essential component of your digestive system.
It helps regulate the functions of your gut, keeping it running smoothly and avoiding any bowel disorders and constipation.
Research reports from the American Heart Association indicate that fiber can decrease cholesterol levels and according to WebMD, it may lower the risks of cancer too.
Sounds like your favorite drink is holding a lot more benefits than we have imagined!
Passion Fruit Bubble Tea Contains Key Nutrients
Adding one passion fruit to your bubble tea will give you the following nutrients.
- Vitamin A – 229 IU
- Potassium – 63 mg
- Magnesium – 5 mg
- Vitamin C – 5.4 mg
- Iron – 0.29 mg
- Fiber – 1.9 g