Passion fruit is a vine tropical fruit tree that has the scent, acidity, and sweetness (sugar content of about 15 to 18 degrees), which is native to Brazil in South America. When the fruit is cut, the black seeds are wrapped in orange juice, and it is famous as a fruit that stirs the contents and eats the whole seed. The feeling of drinking rather than eating would be just right. In Onna village, it seems that eight people started in 1998, “I want to retire and grow fruit trees, but is there anything that even elderly people can do?” However, when cultivated in the open field, it is vulnerable to rain, so the production volume has decreased due to a disease called dieback, and it seems that the producers are losing their motivation to produce. Therefore, it seems that the damage caused by dieback was alleviated by switching to facility maintenance through a subsidy project and cultivation in which the plants are replanted every year.
Passion fruit, which is cultivated mainly in the Amami and Okinawa Islands in Japan, is characterized by its sweet and sour flesh, which is called the Queen of Fruit Juice. Tropical fruit trees with abundant beauty ingredients are attracting attention as superfoods, but Okinawa passion fruit. It seems that the challenges faced by farmers are great. Therefore, it seems that they are taking on the challenge of raising awareness.
“Sweet and sour” tropical fruit passion fruit cultivated in Itoman City, Okinawa Prefecture. There seem to be many reasons why it continues to be loved in many countries, especially in the tropics.