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Passionfruit

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

2 passionfruit = 36g

  Average Quantity per serving % Daily Intake per serve Average Quantity per 100 g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 109/26 1% 302/72
Protein (g) 1.0 2% 2.8
Fat, total (g) 0.2 0% 0.5
- saturated (g) 0.0 0% 0.0
Available carbohydrate (g) 2.7 1% 7.4
- sugars (g) 2.7 3% 7.4
Dietary Fibre (g) 5.0 17% 13.9
Sodium (mg) 10 0% 28
Vitamin C (mg) 7.2 18% RDI* 20.0
Vitamin E (mg) 1.1 11% RDI * 3.0

Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ

Your daily Intakes may be higher or lower depending on your energy needs

*Recommended Dietary Intake (Average Adult)

Source: FOODfiles 2016