Passion fruit is a member of the Passifloraceae family, which also includes other tropical fruits such as granadilla and sweet granadilla. The passion fruit vine is a vigorous climber that can grow up to 20 feet tall. The vines produce flowers that are followed by the fruit.
Passion fruit is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. One cup of passion fruit pulp contains approximately:
- 10% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C
- 8% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A
- 10 grams of fiber
- 340 milligrams of potassium
- 25 milligrams of magnesium
- 60 milligrams of phosphorus
Passion fruit has been linked to a number of health benefits, including:
- Improved heart health: The potassium in passion fruit can help to lower blood pressure. The fiber in passion fruit can also help to reduce cholesterol levels.
- Boosted immunity: The vitamin C in passion fruit can help to boost the immune system and protect against infection.
- Reduced anxiety: Passion fruit juice has been shown to reduce anxiety in people with generalized anxiety disorder.
- Improved digestion: The fiber in passion fruit can help to improve digestion and prevent constipation.
Passion fruit can be eaten fresh, used in juices and smoothies, or added to baked goods and other dishes. The seeds are also edible and can be added to yogurt, oatmeal, or trail mix.
How to Plant and Care for Passion Fruit Seedlings
Passion fruit seedlings are relatively easy to plant and care for. To plant a passion fruit seedling, choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball of the seedling. Place the seedlings in the hole and backfill with soil. Water the seedling well.
Passion fruit seedlings need regular watering, especially during the first year. Fertilize the seedlings every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Prune the seedlings regularly to encourage new growth.
Passion fruit seedlings will typically start to fruit within two to three years of planting. The vines can be trained to grow on a trellis or fence. Passion fruit vines can also be grown in pots, but they will need to be repotted into larger pots as they grow.