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Passion fruit

August 16, 2011

The edible passion-fruit, Passiflora edulis forma edulis (Passifloraceae) is not only delicious, but its flower is a feast for the eye! There over 500 species and 300 man-made hybrids of Passiflora, and unfortunately only a small number fit the dry Chiang Mai climate. Luckily, with plenty of water you can grow the delicious and nutritious edible passion-fruit. Since this is a vine you need an arbour or a tree or some other support for it. At the low elevation of the Chiang Mai valley (350 m) roasting sun on a flat field is not recommended, better select a more sheltered and moist corner of your garden from which the plants can reach the sun. As we mentioned earlier, its fruit is a miracle of flavour and a perfect snack for a child. Some tropical gardeners are afraid of the huge bluish carpenter bees (Xylocopa spp., Apidae/Xylocopinae), but they rarely sting, and please remember they are important for passion-flower pollination!

Now in blossom at Dokmai Garden in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand!

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