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Banana passionfruit is a vine-growing fruit has a thick yellow rind that houses an aromatic orange pulp studded with black seeds. It has a sweetly tart taste similar to a passionfruit.
Banana passionfruit is available year-round.
Passiflora mollissima got the name Banana passionfruit in New Zealand. It is know as curuba or tumbo in its native Latin America, and as banana poka in Hawaii.
Banana passionfruit is a good source of fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants.
South Americans love Banana Passionfruit in juices and cocktails. It is also a popular ingredient in sorbets and ice cream. Use Banana passionfruit anywhere you would like a tropical taste - tarts, pies, cakes, breads, or jams. Toss pieces in the blender when making smoothies.
Native to the tropical and subtropical Andean regions of South America, the Banana passionfruit was domesticated there around the time of the Spanish Conquest. It is also cultivated in New Zealand. Banana passionfruit is considered an invasive plant in parts of Hawaii, where birds and pigs have scattered seeds and the aggressively vining plants can choke out native species.