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Old 06-18-2007, 12:02 PM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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For years I have had vines coming up out of the ground all over the backyard willy-nilly - one year I let them go/grow and they flowered and produced some very pretty orange colored, kiwi-fruit shaped (but smooth) fruit. They ran up the side of the house and onto the lines (phone, electric, etc.) so they were a nuisance, and so were the pests that were attracted to the flowers and fruits (birds and bugs).

My neighbor, who was a gardener, told me it was passionfruit. Huh??? I thought that was impossible because I assumed passionfruit was a tropical fruit that grows in jungle-like climates. I googled it and found that he was right - and I also learned that there are many varieties which can be edible or non-edible. I also found a picture online that resembles the flower and fruit which grows in our yard. Can someone who knows this plant tell me if this is ok to eat? I'm attaching the picture for reference. Thanks!
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:50 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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wow you learn something new everyday
I have a passion flower and didn't know the blossoms turn into fruit. I have been snipping off the old blossoms.
I will ask some of my buddies at the extension office next time I am there.
thanks for the heads up
karla
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:25 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I did some research and this is what I found

"The vines can easily grow up to 15 feet in a season. Grow it on a fence or trellis, or simply allow it to scramble over your shrubs and trees.
The fruit produced by this plant is an oval berry, a little larger than a chicken egg. Passion fruit is edible, but seedy. It can be used to make jelly, but its best usage may come from being a food source for several species of butterfly and their larvae."

karla
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Old 06-20-2007, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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Passionflower/Maypop is tough - from what I understand it will die back to the ground in a freeze and then come back again...

Mine planted itself in my yard (a neighbor had one several years ago) and I started several new plants from it...letting it crawl all over my butterfly garden.
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Far Western KY
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Around here it is considered a weed, the things are everywhere and grow on everything. Between them and trumpeter vine I'm not sure which is worse. I let them grow and I have several different colors of them growing.
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