Purple Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis), also called purple granadilla, is a vine species of passion flower native to southern Brazil through Paraguay and northern Argentina. It is cultivated commercially in tropical and subtropical areas for its sweet, seedy fruit.
The purple passion fruit is of a round shape and approximately 2-3 inches long. When ripe, the thick, waxy rind grows a wrinkly, deep purple with faint white specks. The orange, juicy pulp inside contains many small, dark seeds.
Purple Passion Fruit Culinary and Other Uses
- The fruit can be eaten fresh or consumed after extracting the pulp and making juice.
- The juice is used in a variety of products and the pulp may be added to different dishes.
- A wide range of cosmetic products and food flavors are derived from the fruit that is rich in Vitamins A and C and carotene.
Growing Purple Passion Fruit
- Ideally, you should start passion fruit vines in a separate, protected container and later transplant them to your prepared garden spot.
- Scarify the seed coat with a nail file or some fine sandpaper, as it helps the germination process.
- Soak the Passion Fruit Seeds for twenty-four hours in warm water to break dormancy.
- Fill a pot that’s 4 inches across and has drainage holes with an all-purpose compost.
- Moisten the compost until water drains from the holes.
- Press each of dry seeds into the compost.
- Cover each with a thin layer of compost.
- Lower the pot into a large zippered plastic storage bag.
- Seal the bag and set it in a warm space, such as your kitchen windowsill.
- Do not allow the compost to dry.
- Monitor the seeds until they germinate.
- Passion fruit seed germination usually takes about 20 days, but it can sometimes take months to germinate, even under ideal conditions, so patience is required.
- Plant the individual passion vine seedlings in 3-inch pots filled with the same multipurpose compost.
- Dig a hole approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep before lowering the seedling and backfilling with the original medium.
- Maintain evenly moist soil and transplant the seedlings when they reach a height of 10 inches.
- Passion Fruit vines thrive in well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5, and full sunlight to partial shade.
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