Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University


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Summary of the technology

A novel genotype of Passiflora edulis (Passion fruit) with an unusual and attractive
peel color (pink/red/peach with purple spots), similar to Pomegranate/ star king
apple, with fruit size ~2 + fold larger than the existent commercial varieties in Israel.
280-4, ORIS, A novel cultivar of Passionfruit (connected to 4676 project )
Project ID : 23-2019-6712

Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Description of the technology


Most passion fruit cultivars grown under subtropical climates bear fruit twice a year, in the summer and the winter. Fruits abscise after ripening. Peel color is either purple or yellow with yellow fruit being larger and very sour.

Our Innovation

We developed an exotic flavored passionfruit cultivar, having a bright purple colored peel with beautiful dark purple spots, which is 1.5-2x larger than the leading Israeli commercial varieties. The passion fruit cultivar is named ‘ORIS’ (line ‘280-4’), and has a very juicy and aromatic sweet-sour taste. It is also able to flower and set fruit during the warm summer, creating a bearing period which can begin in July and end in April – a total of 9 months! After ripening, many of the fruit remain on the vine, due to reduced abscission. This allows farmers to control harvest time.

  • Oris is relatively round and its appearance is appealing to the eye.
  • Oris has a much longer season than the leading commercial varieties.
  • Oris has very vigorous growth.

Physical Attributes of the Fruit:

Oris has a light purple peel color with dark purple spots that is very attractive to consumers. Oris’ fruits are 1.5-2x larger than Passion Dream, the leading Israeli commercial variety.


Oris’ taste, size, appearance and potential yield has attracted much attention from expert growers. Oris is intended to be sold as fresh fruit but can also be used in the production of juices. Oris is protected by PBR (Plant Breeders Rights) in Israel.

We are looking for growers and distributors in Israel as well as partners abroad for growing, marketing and selling Oris.

Please see other specialty passion fruit cultivars such as Dena (line 428), Gilis (line 280-15) and Yukis (line 280-7).

Project manager

Ilya Pittel

Project researchers

Alon Samach
HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences
Plant Sciences and Genetics

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About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Technology Transfer Office from Israel

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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