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Passionfruit

Passionfruit
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Availability

New Zealand passionfruit are available from February to July.

 

Storage and Handling

Store at room temperature. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Passionfruit are native to the Amazon region in Brazil.  They were named by Spanish missionaries after the “Passion of Christ” who thought the plant’s flower resembled religious symbols.  It was first grown commercially in New Zealand in Kerikeri in the 1920s.

 

Facts

  • Botanically, passionfruit are a berry
  • Passionfruit are a good source of dietary fibre
  • In South Africa passionfruit is called “granadilla”

 

Growing Facts

  • Passionfruit grow on climbing vines that sprout tendrils that cling to any support
  • Passionfruit vines generally live only 5-7 years
  • Purple passionfruit grow in subtropical regions and are grown commercially in New Zealand
  • Yellow passionfruit grow well in tropical regions, they do grow in New Zealand but are not suitable to be grown commercially

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 2 passionfruit - 36g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 109/26 302/72
Protein (g) 1.0 2.8
Fat, total (g) 0.2 0.5
- saturated (g) 0.0 0.0
Carbohydrate (g) 2.7 7.4
- sugars (g) 2.7 7.4
Dietary Fibre (g) 5.0 13.9
Sodium (mg) 10 28
Vitamin C (mg) 7.2 20
Vitamin E (mg) 1.1 3.0
Niacin (mg) 0.7 2.0
Iron (mg) 0.4 1.1
Zinc (mg) 0.28 0.8
Potassium (mg) 126 350
Riboflavin (mg) trace trace

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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