Two types of Passion fruit in Vietnam

August 05, 2022

 In Vietnam, two main types of passion fruit are grown: yellow passion fruit and purple passion fruit. Both varieties have similar quality

Yellow Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis var. flavicarpa)


Origin: Brazilian Amazon region.

Characteristics: When ripe, the rind is bright yellow, similar in shape to purple passion fruit but slightly longer than purple passion fruit.

Size: bigger than purple passion fruit, almost the size of a small grapefruit. Average weight 10-13 fruits/kg.


Purple passion fruit (Passiflora edulis)



Origin: southern Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina

Characteristics: when ripe, the shell is dark purple, the fruit is round or egg-shaped

Size: smaller than a yellow passion fruit, as big as a big lemon. Fruit shape is round, even, average weight 9-12 fruits/kg.


Nutritional value in passion fruit


Passion fruit is a rich source of nutrients and minerals, especially fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A. It is estimated that one passion fruit contains:

• Calories: 17 calories

• Fiber: 2 grams

• Vitamin C: 9% daily value (DV)

• Vitamin A: 8% DV

• Iron: 2% DV

• Potassium: 2% DV

Although it may not seem like much, here is the amount of nutrition in a small fruit with only 17 calories. It also provides fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A, and is rich in beneficial plant compounds, including carotenoids and polyphenols.

In fact, one study found that passion fruit is richer in polyphenols than many other tropical fruits like lychee, mango, banana, papaya, and pineapple. In addition, passion fruit also provides a small amount of iron. Your body usually doesn't absorb iron from plants easily. However, the iron in passion fruit comes with a lot of vitamin C, which is known to enhance iron absorption.


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