Passion Fruit

The passion fruit is a rapidly growing, climbing vine that grows 15 - 20 feet a year.  It has a short life span, usually dying after 7 years.  The The vine's flower is one of the most spectacular out there, seemingly straight from the imagination of Dr. Seuss.

The fruit itself is also unique.  The skin is either deep violet or yellow, oval, wrinkly when ripe, and the inner flesh is many juice-filled membranes, each containing an edible seed.  The flavor is exquisite - an aromatic sweet/tart flavor.

Passion fruits fruit prolifically, all year, if they are well maintained.

Common Varieties: 
Black Knight; Edgehill; Frederick; Paul Ecke; Purple Giant; Red Rover
Known Varieties: 

There are over 500 known varieties, 10 of which are commonly cultivated in agriculture.

When in season: 
How to select: 

The skin of the passion fruit should be wrinkly. If it is not wrinkly it is not ripe and the pulp inside will be very tart. The skin should be firm, not too soft. The passion fruit will ripen off of the tree.

How to eat: 

Cut the fruit in half and spoon out the interior flesh and seeds.  Both are to be eaten.  disgard the skin.

Native to: 

Southern Brazil, Northern Argentina, Paraguay


According to folklore, passion fruit got its name because the flower's corona resembles the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.


In 1880, The passion fruit seeds were taken to Hawaii from the South American tropics.  The vines still grow profusely today all over the state.

Medicinal uses: 

It is believed to have hundreds of medicinal properties. It is commonly used as a sedative, helping to promote sleep.  It is used for nervous disorders, lowers blood pressure, to treat asthma and to increase sex drive.  It is also used parasite and bacterial treatment.


Serving Size: 
One Fruit
Nutritional Highlights: 

The passion frui is a good source of Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

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