Passion Fruit

Passsion fruit;            Passiflora edulis

Family Name:            Passifloraceae

Other name:               Granandilla

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Passion farming is a highly lucrative enterprise with high and regular income.The crop is adaptable to a wide agro-ecological zone from low lands to the highlands.The demand for the fruit on both local and export market is still unmet.

INTRODUCTION

Passion fruit was introduced into Kenya in the 1920s for commercial juice processing. Passion fruit is native to the tropical regions of southern Brazil. Currently, however, large quantities /of passion fruits are eaten fresh locally and also exported. Kenya is a large supplier of fresh purple passion fruits to the European market followed by Brazil, Colombia, Zambia and Zimbabwe of which the United Kingdom is the largest importer. Other importers include Holland, France, United Arab Emirates, German and Belgium.  Passion fruitst are very rich in Vitamins A and C and carotene making it an important health food.

DESCRIPTION

passionIt is perennial vigorous vine, which flowers and produces fruits within a year after establishment. The vine is shallow-rooted, woody, climbing by means of tendrils. The yellow variety has snowier intense colour. The fruits are oval or round shaped with rough waxy rind. The rind hue ranges from dark- purple with faint fine white specks to light yellow. The fruits contain flavorful juice that is sub acid to acid. The fruits are eaten fresh but the processors are the other commercial outlet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also get more information on passion fruit farming from DVD version by downloading through this link karandile/passion fruit farming in kiswahili.
And Kenya’s Rift valley region provides the bulk of the country’s food but in recent years many small scale farmers there are moving away from food crops to passion fruit farming which makes them more money. Watch this!

Passion Fruits is changing the lives of a small village in Nandi Kenya. Thanks to SNV – Netherlands Development Organization and partners, local farmers have teamed up to form an association where they grow and export the produce to Uganda. Watch this!