Panama type varieties are typically harvested direct from the vine and farmers will do a series of ‘picks’ through the vine rows selecting the most mature and ripe fruit on each occasion.
Purple varieties fall to the ground when they are ready for harvesting, meaning that the fruit needs to be collected from the ground in between the rows at least once per day during the harvest period. For some regions, harvesting can take place across 10 months of the year with a series of peaks in volumes. Once the fruit has detached from the vine and fallen, it can deteriorate very quickly in heat and direct sunlight if it is not collected, graded and packed for the fresh market.
It is the harvesting of passionfruit in both panama and purple varieties which is highly labour intensive and a large contribution to the input costs of farming this delicious fruit.