Granadilla Farming in South Africa

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The flamboyant flowers of the granadilla plant make it a popular garden plant as well as a productive bearer of delicious fruit.

Vitamin C-rich passion fruit (or granadillas as they are known in South Africa) are mostly grown for export as fresh fruit or to be processed into granadilla pulp. It is a popular garden plant with attractive flowers that rewards the gardener or farmer with two crops per year.

This series provides an overview of granadilla farming, its uses and important producers. 

By Marinda Louw

Granadilla Production

The passion fruit or granadilla well-known in South Africa is the purple variety named ‘Ester’ a combination of the small purple granadilla (Passiflora edulis f edulis) and the yellow (Passiflora edulis f flavicarpa) granadilla....more

Granadillas

Passionfruit (Passiflora edulis) a native climbing fruit native to Paraguay, Brazil and northern Argentina in South America, belongs to the Passifloraceae family....more

How to Grow Granadillas

Granadillas (Passiflora edulis) are native to tropical regions of the world and appreciate conditions with high relative humidity and a rainfall of at least 1 200mm per year....more

Uses of Granadillas

Granadillas, also called passion fruit, have a tough purple or yellow skin and a seedy aromatic flesh. It can be eaten fresh or processed to a pulp or concentrate....more