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.
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.
- Botanically, passionfruit are a berry
- In South Africa passionfruit is called “granadilla”
- 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
Passionfruit are a source of dietary fibre.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.