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 bright Yellow
peel color with fruit size ~1.5 fold larger than the existent commercial varieties in
Israel.The pulp of the fruit is very aromatic and sweet.

280-7, YUKIS, A Novel Cultivar of Passion Fruit(connected to 4676 project )
Project ID : 23-2019-6713

Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Description of the technology




Passionfruit, Passiflora edulis, plant breeding, warm temperature flower abscission out-of-season fruit.

Current development stage

General list: TRL5 Technology validated in relevant environment


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

Our Innovation

We developed an exotic flavored passion fruit cultivar, which has a beautiful yellow shiny peel color, and is 1.5x larger than the leading Israeli commercial varieties. The passion fruit cultivar named ‘YUKIS’ (line ‘280-7’), has a sweet-sour taste, is very juicy and aromatic. 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.

  • Yukis is relatively round and its appearance is appealing to the eye.
  • The peel's relative thickness increases shelf-life by preventing post-harvest fruit damage.
  • Yukis has a much longer season than the leading commercial varieties.
  • Yukis has very vigorous growth.

Physical Attributes of the Fruit:

Yukis has a shiny yellow peel color that is very attractive to consumers. Yukis fruits are 1.5x larger than Passion Dream, the leading Israeli commercial variety.


Yuki’s taste, size, appearance and potential yield has attracted much attention from expert growers. Yukis is intended to be sold as fresh fruit but can also be used in the production of juices. Yukis 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 Yukis.

Please see other specialty passion fruit cultivars such as Dena (line 428), Gilis (line 280-15) and Oris (line 280-4).

Contact in Yissum

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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  • Biological Sciences
  • Biology / Biotechnology
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Consumer related
  • Food and Beverages
  • Health food

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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