Springtime for Aussie passion fruit market

By Hari Yellina
Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

Aussies seem to love their passion fruit. 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—around nine or ten fuits—per shopping trip.

Predominantly grown in Queensland, passion fruit is a subtropical plant, and can be grown in all parts of Australia. While some of the significant passionfruit growing areas are identified in northern Australia, the major production areas include Cooktown, Daintree and Mareeba. In addition to these locations, 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.

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.

Where your passion fruit is coming from

Queenland: Almost 60% of the total production

Wester Australia: 5% of the passionfruit found in the fresh markets

Victoria: less than 1%

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