A wild type of Philippine fruit, Kurumbut fruits are sized small. They grow on vines, bear green fruits when very young, and yellow when ripened. You’ll find them blooming on fences or bushes in the wilds, or forests. Just like the passion fruit, Kurumbut has a lot of seeds, but that is where the edible source is. They have a distinctive type of taste when eaten, very much similar to a passion fruit, although passion fruits are larger in sizes. This species is called in different names, but one term that strikes, is it’s also called wild bush passion fruit. This plant reminds me of childhood days, when my friends and I would hunt down these fruits and wallow in.

The fruit is edible and tastes similar to the more common passion fruit varieties but is less sweet and more tart. It can be eaten fresh, used to make juice, or incorporated into various dishes and desserts. In addition to its culinary uses, Passiflora foetida is used in traditional medicine for its various health benefits. It has been known to help with digestive issues, anxiety, and insomnia, among other conditions. However, it is essential to note that the unripe fruit and other parts of the plant can be toxic, so caution should be taken when consuming them.

A Budding Green Kurumbut Fruit

Green When Young and Yellow When Ripe