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Passion fruit

Granadilla, Maypop, Parcha, Parcha cimarrona

Passifloraceae Passiflora edulis Sims

Source: Magness et al. 1971

passion fruit
The fruits, native to tropical America, are produced on evergreen vines which are tender and require frost-free areas. Vines are trained on trellises similar to grapes and pruned annually either to stubs or canes. Leaves are large and three-lobed. Fruits are generally globose in shape, purple or yellow in color, about two inches diameter. They have a tough outer skin which encloses a mass of seeds, each imbedded in a juicy pulp, the edible portion.

passion flower Flowers are produced on new growth, and ripe fruits and flowers may be on the plants at the same time.

Season, bloom to ripe fruit: 2 to 3 months, but flowers and mature fruits may be on a plant at the same time.

Production in U.S.: 1,514 tons, Hawaii, 1968.

Use: Fresh eating, juice.

Part of fruit consumed: Internal pulp only.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch