How Are Passionfruit Grown?
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The production of passion fruits is an expensive process that can take several years to fully pay off. Luckily, there are some great ways you can source fresh passion fruit juice at a much more affordable price!
There are three main types of passion fruit grown across the world. Descriptions of each type are included below along with some tips for using them.
This article will also talk about how to make your own homemade passion fruit juice!
What are passion fruits?
A passion fruit is a tropical plant belonging to the genus Passiflora. There are over 70 different species of passiflora plants, all having white or pinkish fuzzy arils (seeds) when they mature. These arils are what people refer to as “passion fruits” due to their suggestive shape and flavor.
The two most well-known varieties of passion fruit are the white Turkish passion fruit and the purple Indian passion fruit. Both contain similar amounts of acid and sugar, making it easy to compare their cost! This article will only focus on the latter since it is easier to find and use.
Why do we love passion fruit juice?
Passion fruit juice has many uses; however, its main purpose is to be mixed into other beverages or used directly as a drink on its own. It can even be consumed immediately after harvesting!
When buying passion fruit juice, look for clear liquid without any sediment.
Then, it is shipped to the country where it is grown
Passion fruit comes from Brazil or Peru. Both countries have enough rainfall to make sure their fruits grow well. They are not irrigated like some other tropical fruits such as oranges!
In fact, passion fruits cannot be cultivated in areas with water shortages because they require large amounts of moisture for them to set properly. This would cause plants that need water to fail and therefore, you would get nothing but unset fruits!
Cropping seasons are also different depending upon which region of South America the fruit comes from. In Chile, for example, passion fruits can be harvested all year long due to their winter season.
However, in Peru and Brazil, this isn’t the case so these berries will go bad if they aren’t picked within a certain time frame.
The fruit is then shipped to a grocery store
After they are harvested, passion fruits must be dried or they will not taste good. They are sun-dried which means they are exposed to the air and dry heat. This process is done in special facilities that use large machines to speed up the drying process.
There are two main types of passion fruit growers, domestic farmers and multinational corporations. Domestic farmer’s grow their own variety of passion fruits so they know what qualities the fruit possesses and can control some of the variables (like climate) when drying them.
Multinational companies usually contract out passion fruit farming to other farms with guaranteed amounts of crops every season. These firms also make sure their products are safe for consumption by having third party testing occur.
It is then canned or frozen
While not every part of the passion fruit can be eaten, its pure juice makes it perfect to be fermented and made into passito (Italian for dessert wine). This process removes some of the water content and adds alcohol depending on how much fermenting you do.
The skin of the passion fruits contains small amounts of oxalic acid which helps strengthen your immune system and reduce inflammation. The peel also includes antioxidants such as carotenoids that help keep your health strong.
Some recipes require dried passion fruit powder but this isn’t needed when preparing passito.
It is also sold dried
As mentioned before, passion fruits are not berries per se, but rather large fuzzy round pieces of fruit that grow on trees or shrubs. When they are ripe, they can take away from how delicious you want them to be what flavor you have!
The way most people enjoy passion fruits is by having them as either an appetizer or dessert. Either way, they are usually mixed into something else such as yogurt or milk. When eating this drink, make sure to wash your mouth out first with some water!
A lot of recipes call for one whole passion fruit per person, but we recommend only half a passion fruit per person due to it containing too much acid. More than two bites more and you could potentially hurt your teeth!
There are few things that taste better in just about anything than a fresh passion fruit! They are unique and interesting and cannot be left out when trying to find a balance between sweet, sour, and salty foods.
The taste differs slightly depending on the growing region
Like most fruits, passion fruit are grown in certain regions where their unique flavor can be found. In this case, it’s due to the high levels of antioxidants and vitamins that make up their tangy flavor.
Different cultivars of passion fruit grow fast or slow, and some bear more berries than others. However, no matter what variety you get, they all come from the same plant species.
That being said, there isn’t one specific area of Brazil that is famous for its passion fruit! Most of them come from the southeastern state of Rio de Janeiro where growers have perfected the art of creating delicious berries.
Some are better than others
Like most fruits, passion fruit is either grown in tropical climates or greenhouse settings. But not every area has enough rainfall to keep them thriving, which means they must be cultivated in other ways.
Some of the more creative methods include using drip irrigation or by growing vines that grow vertically instead of horizontally. These strategies work for limiting water loss as well!
In fact, some farmers even train their passion fruits along paths leading towards a stream or river so they can soak up excess moisture. This was done during our research trip where we tasted many different varieties.
All of these factors affect how sweet the passion fruit will be depending on the amount of sucrose (or glucose) that plant grows.
Research where passion fruit is from to try it
Most people are aware that passion fruits or berries come from tropical plants, but what many don’t know is where they get their flavor!
The berry comes from a pod of thin skin that grows along the branch of the plant it belongs to. When ripe, the pulp inside becomes sweet and tangy due to natural compounds called flavonoids. These flavonoids give passion fruit its color as well as some of their taste.
Some say that the chemicals in passion fruit help reduce cholesterol, while others believe it just makes you want to eat more of them! Either way, they are definitely a delicious food product!
Research has shown that certain varieties of passion flower have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may aid in healthier weight loss and better overall health.
Buy it in the refrigerator section
As with any fruit, quality depends on where you buy it and what conditions it is stored under. The type of passion fruits you purchase will make a difference how much flavor they taste like.
At-home preparation methods for passion fruits include using either a spoon or toothpick to remove the seltzer water and then washing the pulp with plain tap water.
You can also add some sugar to enhance the flavor but do not oversweeten them as this may cause the passion fruit to take longer than expected to burst.