Aswaraopet-based Horticultural Research Station (HRS) has been conducting trials on cultivation aspects of ‘Passion fruit' (Passiflora edulis), the tropical fruit famous for its aromatic flavour and rich nutritional and medicinal properties.
The HRS, affiliated to Dr. YSR Horticultural University, embarked on a research plan last year to study the whole gamut of cultivation aspects of passion fruit, a native fruit of Brazil, under local climatic conditions. The station has already taken up cultivation of passion fruit on an experimental basis. Two varieties of passion fruit -- Passiflora edulis (the yellow type) and Kaveri (the hybrid variety) -- are presently being grown on a trial basis at the HRS, according to sources.
The study assumes significance considering the vibrant potential of passion fruit to produce value-added products and generate income for the farmers. The fruit can be grown as an inter-crop during all seasons.
The fruit is well known for its delicious juice, considered to be an instant energy drink, in many parts around the world, particularly in South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Above all, the fruit contains vitamins A and C besides the vital antioxidants found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
According to sources, the passion fruit cultivation is in vogue for several years on a moderate level in several parts of South and North India. However, it has been taken up on a commercial scale in Northeast India in the last couple of years.
“Passion fruit offers many health and nutritional benefits,” according to M. Ravindra Babu, Scientist, HRS, Aswaraopet.
The tropical fruit is famous for its aromatic flavour, rich nutritional and medicinal properties