How Passion Fruit Is Grown
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Passion fruit or as it is more popularly known, kumquat comes from tropical areas of the world. They are grown in warm climates where conditions are right for them to thrive. These include dry weather, warm temperatures, and lots of sunlight.
Kumquats are not cultivated anywhere in Australia except for one small region in Northern Territory. Because they are not self-sufficient, passion fruits need plenty of water and nutrients during their growing season to develop properly.
When they are ripe, the passion fruits can be harvested and dried to preserve them. Once dried, they will keep in your pantry for up to six months! They also taste great when eaten plain or with some sugar or syrup.
There are many ways to eat passion fruits but my personal favorite way to consume them is either raw or mixed into yogurt or milk.
The plant is very hardy
Like most tropical fruits, passion fruit grow in dense jungles of vegetation. This allows for adequate exposure to sunlight, which helps promote photosynthesis, the process plants use to produce energy through oxidation-reduction reactions.
This also means that there are lots of predators around to eat any plants that grow too tall or strong. Since passionfruit never flower and set seed, they do not attract hungry insects or birds to them, so there are no natural enemies to keep the plant size under control.
Only about one third of all passionfruit trees ever reach maturity due to this lack of control over growth.
However, what makes passionfruit unique is its special gel content. When fully ripe, the berries turn bright pink and contain an intense flavor like raspberries with just a slight citrus tinge.
These qualities make it a popular food item across the globe. It can be consumed raw as a snack or dried and mixed into recipes.
It grows well in many different climates
As mentioned before, passion fruit is not grown in seasonally warmer or colder areas of the world. This means that it cannot grow during hot times of the year and must be produced at any time. Because this plant does not have much growing season, it can become expensive as the harvest is limited.
As passionate eaters know, passion fruits are rich in some important nutrients suchas vitamin C and potassium. They also contain antioxidants which help reduce oxidative stress in your body.
Passion fruit plants are very difficult to grow
Even though passion fruits can be eaten fresh, most of them are processed into recipes or dried and packaged as snacks or beverages like plain yogurt with seeds and sweetened liquid added to taste.
The process for growing passion fruit plants is quite complicated and takes many months to succeed! Luckily, there are some great breeders that develop new lines of fruiting passion plant every year.
These passionate gardeners not only share their knowledge about how to start a passion plant colony, but they also contribute seedlings to ensure continued growth.
Passion fruits are a very popular fruit
The first passane berries of the season come from passion fruits. These tropical fruits grow in clusters on tall canes. When they are mature, the spiky outer skin collapses under its own weight to form little round balls that contain one large juicy berry.
The color and flavor of passion fruits depend on the cultivar or variety grown. Some taste more tart than others, and some have special additives like glycerin or pectin to enhance their texture and sweetness, respectively.
Many people enjoy eating them right away, but if you want to preserve the most nutritious value, refrigerate them and use within two weeks. They will keep for up to a week if well wrapped in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container.
The fruit has a sweet taste
When passion fruits are eaten, they usually have a slight tang to them due to the presence of acid. This tang comes from either the peel or the juice that is consumed together with the fleshy part of the fruit.
The skin of the passion fruit contains an antioxidant called vitamin A which helps keep your body healthy. Vitamin A benefits include promoting strong bone growth, protecting your eyesight, and helping regulate blood lipid levels.
You can eat the whole fruit or just consume the juicy pulp alone! Either way, be sure to enjoy it with some sugar or salt to make it more interesting for you.
Drinking the juice of the passion fruit is also very popular. It is sometimes done as a health drink, or people may like how it tastes in food.
The fruit is high in vitamin C
Besides giving your skin its much needed boost, passion fruits are also known to help keep your teeth healthy by acting as a natural mouth wash. This has been linked to improving oral health due to their antimicrobial properties.
They also contain glucose and fructose which can be used for energy production.
The fruit is difficult to keep fresh
As with any other citrus, taste changes as the fruit matures. When they are in season, you can find passion fruits at your local grocery store or specialty food market.
They are usually sold either whole or cut into pieces, but never dried. Because it takes time for the seeds to dry out, eating the passionfruit right after buying it may result in some stomach ache.
It is best to refrigerate them and eat them within one day to avoid this problem.
The fruit is very perishable
As we mentioned before, most people agree that passion fruits are delicious. However, how they are grown comes down to whether you prefer them sweet or sour. If you like more tangy flavor, then “dry” cultivated varieties are better for you!
There are two main ways to grow passion fruits – dry-cultivated or wet-grown. Dry cultivation does not use any water during growth, therefore only fresh market dried passion fruits are done this way.
Wet-grown requires rainfall at some stage of development in order to grow leaves and eventually, the fruit. Due to their dependence on rain, these plants will not survive drought conditions, which means there is no harvest season when weather is favorable.