Varieties of granadilla
The most common species of granadilla are:
• Black, or purple, granadilla (Passiflora edulis)
• Yellow granadilla (P. edulis f. flavicarpa)
• Banana granadilla (P. mollissima) (a weed in South Africa; do not grow).
Other species that are widely grown in subtropical to tropical regions are:
• Jamaican honeysuckle or water lemon (P. laurifolia) – bright golden-orange fruits
• Sweet granadilla (P. ligularis) – generally thought the finest granadilla of all, with purple and white flowers and large orange fruits filled with exceptionally sweet and fragrant pulp
• Giant granadilla (P. quadrangularis) – crimson flowers and melon-sized fruits that have fragrant sweet pink pulp
• Sweet calabash (P. maliformis) – closely resembles the sweet granadilla and has grape-flavoured pulp and fragrant purple and white flowers.
Some selected varieties of grafted granadilla are:
• Panama Red – large, oval, smooth skinned fruits; intensely flavoured pulp similar to black granadilla, but needs warmer conditions
• Panama Gold – similar to Panama Red but with golden skin
• Nelly Kelly – hardy; large, smooth skinned, purple fruits; excellent quality
• Black Magic – cold-tolerant; superior quality
• Ester – a hybrid, grown from slips
• Super Sweet AV1– large, pink-skinned variety; heavy, regular bearer; good disease resistance
Best variety of granadilla to grow in South Africa
There are many species of passionfruit, or granadilla, suitable for the South African climate. The only species not recommended is Banana granadilla as it’s considered a weed in South Africa. Two species well worth considering are the excellent and hardy Nelly Kelly or the Super Sweet AV1 because it bears regular fruit and has good disease resistance.
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|Machel on 15 April 2013 ,13:09 |
I have planted a vine and it is full of healthy large fruit but the fruit doesn't ripen at all,what can be wrong?
|RD Editor on 11 January 2013 ,02:48 |
We've just added a new page with answers to the most commonly asked questions about growing granadilla. Follow this link: www.readersdigest.co.za/growing-granadilla-faq
|Steph on 02 December 2012 ,20:52 |
I have planted a young vine which looks healthy. It has borne a number of flowers but these drop off before turning to fruit. What can be wrong?
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