Passionfruit is a popular fruit in Australia that is predominantly grown in Queensland. Nonetheless, since they are subtropical plants, and their popularity, they may be grown in all parts of Australia. However, in colder areas, they need to be provided with a warm and sunny sheltered spot so that they are able to thrive properly. If one wants to plant a passionfruit vine, then it is best to do so between spring and early fall so that the warmth will allow it to flourish. In fact, the majority of Australia’s passionfruit is destined for the fresh market.
Some of the significant passionfruit growing areas are identified in northern Australia. Moreover, some of the major production areas include Cooktown, Daintree and Mareeba. In addition to these locations the popularity exists in, these exotic fruits are also discovered in the Wide Bay region and the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland. The Tweed Valley, in New South Wales, also houses the production of passionfruit.
Passion fruit is rich in antioxidants, which are compounds that help to mop up harmful free radicals in the body. Antioxidants play a vital role in keeping the body systems healthy. Scientists know that antioxidants improve blood flow, specifically to the brain and nervous system.
They also reduce cellular stress and reduce inflammation in the body, both of which have links to diseases, such as heart disease and many other diseases. If the data from 2019 is scrutinized, then it may be discovered that over 4,743 tonnes of passionfruit were produced in this nation. Furthermore, the valuation of this was recorded at $20.6 million. Additionally, the wholesale value of the fresh supply was estimated at $24.4 million. Out of this figure, $19 million was reserved for retail, while $5.1 million was spent on food service. Moreover, the supply per capita was approximately 178 grams, based on the volume supplied. Another interesting fact to note is that 19% of Australian households purchased passionfruit while on their shopping trip. Therefore, they bought an average of 308 grams per shopping trip.