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FutureStarrPurple Passion Fruit
The passion fruit is a curious fruit that is native to the South Pacific, Central America, along the Pacific Coast in Mexico and the Caribbean. The fruit itself is a range of colors; pinks, purple, white, and cream. Each color represents a slightly different variety of the fruit.Purple passionfruit is a good source of vitamins A and C, which are antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation within the body and boost the immune system. The fruits also contain some potassium, phosphorus, iron, and folate. The seeds found within the flesh are an excellent source of fiber, which stimulates and regulates the digestive tract. Beyond the fruits, Purple passionfruit flowers have been used for centuries as a medicinal supplement to reduce symptoms associated with insomnia, asthma, anxiety, and menopause.
Purple passionfruit is native to tropical forests spanning across Southern Brazil, Northern Argentina, and Paraguay and has been growing since ancient times. The fruits were localized to South America until the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 16th century, and later in the 19th century, the seeds were spread to Australia, Hawaii, Africa, Asia, and Southeast Asia. By the 20th century, Purple passionfruit was naturalized throughout most of the subtropical and tropical regions of the world and was also introduced to Israel for small-scale cultivation. Today Purple passionfruit is grown commercially in India, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Peru, Australia, Israel, Africa, and in the United States in Florida, Hawaii, and California.
The vines are also grown in home gardens, cultivated for their fruits, leaves, and flowers, and can be found in gardens around the world. Passion fruit is sweet, tart, tangy, and downright delicious. It is nature’s sour candy! For us, growing passionfruit is also dual purpose. We adore the antioxidant-rich, low-glycemic index fruit – but also enjoy the vigorous, lush climbing vines. They are evergreen in our climate, and make for excellent privacy screens. We have 9 passion fruit vines covering arches and trellises that serve as “green walls” all over our property! Yet they do require maintenance, and have the tendency to be invasive. We’ll talk about pruning too. (Source: homesteadandchill.com)