PASSIONFRUIT BANANA PASSIFLORA MOLLISSIMA SEEDS SWEET AND DELICIOUS! $3.50

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Banana passionfruit boasts an elongated shape, stretching up to 12 cm in length, and thrives on vines that sprawl to heights of 6 to 7 meters, adorned with glossy green leaves. Emitting a fragrant aroma reminiscent of oranges, this exotic fruit sports a thick, leathery skin that transitions from a vibrant green hue to a radiant yellow or orange-yellow when ripe. Within, its aromatic orange pulp is speckled with ebony seeds, offering a juicy sweetness underscored by a tangy essence and subtle nods to banana.

Botanically nestled within the genus Passiflora, banana passionfruit encompasses various cultivars, including Passiflora tripartita var. mollissima and Passiflora tarminiana. Renowned for its rapid growth, this plant matures swiftly from seed, bearing fruit within a mere year. Particularly cherished in South America, a single vine at full maturity yields an impressive bounty of 200 to 300 fruits. Dubbed Curuba in Colombia and Bolivia, Tacso in Ecuador, Parcha in Venezuela, and Tumbo in Peru, these fruits are affectionately known as Banana Poka in Hawaii. Beyond its culinary allure, the plant’s striking deep pink blossoms are cultivated for their ornamental allure, while its vines serve as verdant veils to adorn trellises in landscaping ventures.

Rich in fibre, vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants, banana passionfruit also boasts a mineral medley comprising calcium, phosphorus, and iron, alongside carbohydrates and a modest protein content.

Savouring banana passionfruit is a tactile delight. Simply slice the fruit lengthwise and indulge in scooping out the succulent pulp with a spoon, relishing the edible seeds. Whether incorporated into desserts like cakes and pies, or preserved in relishes and jams, this fruit harmonizes splendidly with its tropical counterparts such as pineapple, kiwi, strawberry, mango, papaya, orange, and guava in vibrant fruit salads. It also pairs elegantly with creamy indulgences like cheesecake, cream sauces, duck breast, parfaits, and yogurt. For a smoother texture, strain out the seeds and infuse the essence into ice creams, milk smoothies, juices, and cocktails.

To prolong the pleasure, store ripe banana passionfruit in an open paper bag within the refrigerator, where they will maintain their freshness for approximately a week.”

 

Grow Notes
Evergreen perennial climbing vine with attractive pink flowers, best grown on a trellis. Plants don’t always produce fruit in colder climates.

Passionfruit is a tender crop that’s sensitive to frost. Do not transplant seedlings or sow seeds outside until all danger of frost has passed.

Sow
Scarification: gently scratch or rub seeds with a knife, file or sandpaper prior to sowing. Plant in full sun during Spring or after frost in moist soil at 8mm depth.

Germination
21-84 days at 20-30°C. Seeds of this variety can be slow to germinate. Be patient and follow the recommended depth and temperature guidelines closely for the best chance of success.

Maturity
595-730 days to maturity and then the plant is known to live for 15 to 20 years. Plants may die back in frosts but will reshoot from roots.

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