Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis): The passion fruit though, is a native of Brazil, in Manipur in the hills and foothills the fruit just grows very well like wild growth with heavy fruiting and minimum care comparing to other crops. The fruit is valued for its pronounced flavour and aroma which helps not only in producing a high quality squash but also in flavouring several other products when blended. The juice of passion fruit with an excellent flavour is quite delicious, nutritious and liked for its blending quality. To enhance the flavour of the final produce, passion fruit juice is often mixed with juices of pineapple, mango, ginger etc. The juice is extensively used in confectionery and preparation of cakes, pies and ice cream.

It is a rich source of Vitamin A and contains fair amounts of Sodium, Magnesium, Sulphur and Chlorides. Commercial Processing of yellow passion fruit yields 36% juice, 51% rinds and 11% seeds. The passion fruit vine is shallow rooted, woody, perennial, climbing by means of tendrils. A single fragrant flower, 5 cm to 7.5 cm wide is borne at each node on the new growth. The fruits are nearly round to oval and has a tough rind which is smooth and waxy. The fruit has an aromatic mass of double walled, membranous sacs filled with orange coloured, pulpy juice and as many as 250 small, hard, dark brown or black seeds. Surprisingly not only the Juice but also there is demand for the leaves and seeds also.

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