One of the fruits of New Caledonia, is passion fruit (Passiflora edulis). It is locally called “pomme liane” (1), which means apple liana.
Most people know the fruit, but less people know that indeed it grows on a liana. The passion fruit is originally from South America, and has been imported to New Caledonia by the first Europeans.
The passion fruit, is one of the most widely used fruits of New Caledonia. It is used for its aroma in fruits salad, or in dressings. Passion fruit is also frequently used in New Caledonia for syrups.
Where to buy pommes liane or syrups? The market of Nouméa is the place!
Interested in plants or fruits of New Caledonia? Check out our botanical tour!
Did you know?
- Passion fruit is called “Fruit de la passion” (literally passion fruit :)) in France, but is called “Pomme liane” in New Caledonia. When you hear people speak, you can therefore guess whether they are recent on the island 😉
- The flower of Passion fruit has originally been named in reference to the last days of the christ. The name was given by missionaries in Brazil as an educational aid when converting indigenous inhabitants to Christianity.