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Giant GranadillaHealth Benefits of the Giant Granadilla

By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Jamaica manages to surprise me every day with new discoveries. I recently learned of a very unique fruit here in Jamaica, the Giant Granadilla. Of course with a fruit as unique as this one, Wellesley had to seek it out and do a video for our Youtube channel.

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Flowers of the Giant GranadillaFlowers of the Giant Granadilla

Also known as Barbadine or Passiflora quadrangularis, this tropical fruit belongs to the passion fruit family and is celebrated for its numerous health benefits.

Native to South America but now cultivated in various tropical regions worldwide, the Giant Granadilla fruit offers a delightful combination of flavour and nutrition, making it a prized addition to any fruit lover's repertoire.

Wellesley introduced us to Ms. Marlene and Mr Hayle who shared with us all they knew about the delectable fruit. The Giant Granadilla is aptly named, as it truly is gigantic compared to its more common passion fruit cousins. Its exterior is characterized by a smooth, hard rind that can vary in colour from green to yellow, depending on its ripeness. The interior of the fruit contains a succulent, juicy, aromatic pulp filled with numerous seeds. And we got to see all this in the video. 

While they found it challenging to compare the taste to another fruit because of its unique taste, they did say it was quite tasty and the soft outer part of the fruit tasted like cantaloupes. 

Beyond its delightful flavour, the Giant Granadilla fruit boasts an impressive array of essential nutrients, making it a nutritional powerhouse worth incorporating into your diet. Here are some key nutrients found in the fruit:

Mr. Hayle Tasting the Giant GranadillaMr. Hayle Tasting the Giant Granadilla


The fruit is rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps boost the immune system and promotes healthy skin. Additionally, it contains essential B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin, which play vital roles in energy production and nerve function.


Giant Granadilla is a good source of minerals like iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Iron is crucial for maintaining healthy blood cells and preventing anaemia, while magnesium and phosphorus support bone health and various cellular processes.

Dietary Fibre

This tropical fruit is packed with dietary fibre, aiding in digestion and promoting a healthy gut. Fibre also helps regulate blood sugar levels and contributes to a feeling of fullness, making it beneficial for those looking to manage their weight.


Giant Granadilla contains antioxidants such as carotenoids and polyphenols, which combat harmful free radicals in the body, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and promoting overall well-being.

Eating the Giant Granadilla can lead to several surprising health benefits and have even been linked to having cancer fighting properties. Here are some of the health benefits you may reap:

  1. Digestive Health: The high fibre content in the fruit aids in digestion and helps prevent constipation, promoting a healthy gastrointestinal system.
  2. Immune System Support: The vitamin C content boosts the immune system, helping the body fend off infections and illnesses.
  3. Cardiovascular Health: The antioxidants and potassium in Giant Granadilla are known to support heart health by reducing oxidative stress and regulating blood pressure levels.
  4. Weight Management: The fibre and low-calorie content of the fruit contribute to a feeling of fullness, making it a great addition to a weight-conscious diet.
  5. Skin Health: The vitamin C and antioxidants in the fruit promote healthy, radiant skin by combating oxidative damage and supporting collagen production.
  6. Bone Strength: The presence of essential minerals like magnesium and phosphorus helps maintain strong bones and prevent bone-related conditions like osteoporosis.

Giant Granadillas can be enjoyed in various culinary applications. Its pulp can be scooped out and eaten as a refreshing snack, which is how Ms Marlene prefers to have hers. The pulp can also be juiced, creating a unique tropical drink, or incorporated into sauces, jams, and sorbets to add a distinctive flavour to dishes. In some regions, the rind is utilized to make pickles or preserves, further reducing food waste and enhancing the culinary experience.

The Giant Granadilla fruit is a true wonder of nature, offering a delectable taste and a wealth of health benefits. From its alluring appearance to its exceptional nutritional profile, this tropical fruit is a treasure waiting to be explored. So, the next time you come across a Giant Granadilla, don't hesitate to indulge in this delightful gift from nature and savour the goodness it has to offer. Embrace its unique flavour and reap the rewards of improved health and well-being that this exotic fruit brings to the table.

Take a look at the video below to see this unique fruit. 

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