Passion Fruit: Benefits & Nutrition | How to Grow

Passion fruit once considered being fruit juice. But latest studies back the fruit as a nutrient and vitamins-rich fruit. The health benefits of passion fruits are tremendous. The fruit is enriched with vitamins such as A and C, potassium, fiber, and other nutrients. This awareness made the people plant a passion fruit vine in their homes. A study recommends giving the fruit, to those who are suffering from dengue fever to improve their platelet count. 

Yellow and Purple passion fruits are the most common varieties that we can see in Kerala. The subtropical climate is suited for the health benefitted passion fruits. Its roots will grow stronger and larger, so make sure there is enough space for the plant to grow before planting. 

The fruit has more shelf-life than many other fruits and vegetables. So, it can be easily transported from one region to another without damaging the fruit. Apart from the health benefits of passion fruits, nowadays the fruits are used for juice, squash, jam, concentrate, jelly and pickle. Districts of Kerala such as Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta are forerunners of passion fruit farming on a large scale.  

How to grow passion fruit?

Many homes in Kerala grow this tropical fruit mainly because of its farmer-friendly trait. It does not need much attention or fertilizers. Either seedlings or stem cuttings are used for passion fruit plant. Comparing to seedlings, stem cuttings will grow faster and bear fruits. Make sure to prune to get maximum results from the plant.

It is better to do pre-planting work in the soil before a month. Mix the soil with compost and cow manure. Dig a hole that is 2ft wide, deep and long. One can plant seedling or stem in the hole and water well the sapling. Watering has to be done frequently, especially when they are young, flowering and bearing fruits. While applying water and fertilisers, make sure they reach up to the root level, not just on stems and leaves. 

The plant will begin to bear flowers and fruits when they reach 8-10 months old. It is better to keep the fruit on the vine till they are fully ripe.

Health Benefits Passion Fruit

The fruit is in high demand for its nutrient-rich traits. The fruit is high in vitamins and minerals and low in calories, which makes the fruit ideal for consumption. This variety of passion fruit helps to decrease anxiety or insomnia.

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  • The variety is high in vitamin A, which gives better eyesight. 
  • Vitamin C has been widely seen in the fruit. It supports the immune system and blocks ageing. 
  • The fruit is the store of potassium and iron. 
  • It increases haemoglobin in one’s blood. 
  • The fruit gives 2gm of fibre. 
  • It controls thyroid activity. 
  • Rich in antioxidants.