Brazil stands out as world leader in passion fruit production
Brazil, known for its rich biodiversity and vast landscapes, not only enchants with its natural beauties, but also establishes itself as a giant in fruit production. Passion fruit stands out and has a huge place in the tropical fruit scene. With its unmistakable taste and nutritional properties, the country is proud to lead the global market as the largest passion fruit producer.
To get a picture of our cultivation’s strength, in 2020, according to IBGE data, 690,364 tons of passion fruit were produced. With the collaboration of committed producers and innovative research institutions, the country is establishing itself as a reference in the production and export of this delicious tropical fruit.
Six renowned producers who actively participate in Frutas do Brasil — the export program of the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Derivatives (Abrafrutas), with the support from the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) — produce and export the fruit . These companies are: Agricola Famosa, Frutanatu Alimentos, Petruz Fruity, Tropic Fruits, Amazon Polpas and Seabev. These companies have played a crucial role in expanding passion fruit production and exports, bringing the tropical flavor of Brazil to different corners of the world.
Passion fruit belongs to a diverse group of fruits, comprising an incredible 18 genera. Among these genres, “Passiflora” stands out and is in all regions of Brazil, consolidating the fruit as a national symbol and a fundamental part of fruit growing in the country.
Three passion fruit varieties are the main characters in the Brazil’s cultivation scenario: the yellow passion fruit (Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa), the purple passion fruit (Passiflora edulis Sims) and the sweet passion fruit (Passiflora alata). With adequate irrigation, it is possible to grow the fruit throughout the year, adapting it to the different climatic conditions of the several Brazilian regions.
In addition to supplying the domestic market, the country exports the fruit in several forms, isuch as fresh fruit, canned fruit and concentrated juice. “It is the European countries that most enjoy this tropical delicacy, boosting the Brazilian fruit economy even more. Regarding the export of passion fruit juice, in 2021 Brazil sold around 891 tons, representing an increase of more than 91% compared to the previous year”, comments Jorge de Souza, project manager at ABRAFRUTAS.
About Frutas do Brasil
Abrafrutas (Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Derivatives), in partnership with ApexBrasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency), develops a project to support Brazilian exporters in their quest to expand their business; opening new markets; recognition and differentiation of Brazilian fruits; increase the healthy habit of consuming tasty and superior quality fruits. Since the project started in 2014, Frutas do Brasil aims to show that Brazil is a provider of quality fruits produced in a sustainable way.
The Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Derivatives (Abrafrutas) is a non-profit association whose purpose is to represent and promote Brazilian fruit growing in the international market. Created in 2014, Abrafrutas has approximately 70 associated fruit exporters and holds approximately 85% of the total volume of fresh fruit exported by Brazil.