Thursday, September 26

To eat or not to eat?

I've posted photos on previous posts of the passion flower that was given to us by our allotment plot neighbour - Joe. Joe is one of those people who can't resist collecting seeds from all manner of things and popping them in compost to see if they will grow. He usually then ends up with row upon row of tiny plants, some of which are from long forgotten origins.

This passion flower is fairly vigorous and hardy. 
Its tendrils stretch out and grasp anything they happen upon - ours is now making its way over an arch and up into a nearby crab apple tree.
 As you can see it is still producing flowers.
We noticed that this year some of the flowers had set fruit. These have started to ripen.
So I wonder should we try eating them or not?



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  1. I say "Yes" - at least try one and see if it's any good.

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    1. I will, Mark If they are poisonous I'll blame you. Not sure what happened here - I think I miss scheduled something so I've moved to today's date!!!

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  2. Clever you growing passion fruit. I love the flavour of them - they're one of my favourite fruits. I shall look forward to hearing what they taste like.

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    1. I had a little feel this afternoon CJ and they feel rather empty so maybe the fruit hasn't formed!

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  3. I do hope they ripen for you Sue. I grew them when I lived in Boston and although they fruited I was never brave enough to try them.
    Look forward to hearing how they were if you do try them :)

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    1. I think Jill's comment has decided me Linda

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  4. I thought there was only one variety which was edible, the rest were purely ornamental, I'm probably wrong though. Try it and let us know what you've got. I love these plants for the flowers alone, I really should grow one.

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    1. The flowers are lovely and there are some beautiful varieties, Jo but I think only one is winter hardy for us.

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  5. We tried eating some of ours once Sue- they were a cross between "meh" and "yuck" so now we just enjoy their flowers!

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    1. Thanks, Jill I think you have just saved me some grief!

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  6. Hmmm...I am going through the same dilemma!!
    I have lots of fruit, some have already dropped and rotted before I could catch them, I thought I would try and catch a ripe one and have a little taste, although I have read that they are not exactly tasty - perfectly edible, but not tasty. I am still thinking about it, let me know if you have a go before me!

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    1. I think you will probably go first Helene - Jill's comment has settled it!

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  7. I grew passiflora for years at Bolton Percy but what a thug! It eventually succumbed to a very hard winter. I think I might give it another whirl. Yours does look fantastic but as to eating it? The best I can say that it isn't poisonous but yuk! Go and buy the edible variety at the supermarket or on second thoughts perhaps not.

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  8. It is a thug, Roger but survived our last bad winter. I'm not sure what type it actually is as it was given to us by someone who has a penchant for growing from pips from supermarket fruit. I think I've decided not to try eating as gave one a little squeeze and I think they are very balloon like - i.e no substance.

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  9. You can eat them, everybody here eats fruits but I really don't like how they taste.

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    1. Doesn't sound as though many people commenting here like them. Leanan

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  10. Such pretty flowers...and to have set fruit is amazing!! You just have to try eating them Sue....I wonder if I should try one very on the bee plot.....I think the bees would be in awe of the beautiful flowers...or any flowers really...need to get the plot sorted out!!!

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    1. I don't think it would make a particularly good bee plant Tanya. If you want a good climbing bee plant common ivy would be hard to beat - ours is flowering at the moment and it is swarming with bees and wasps. It's good for late season pollen.

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