When I was in Peru this February, I ate a lot of granadillas, a kind of passion fruit. The flavor was so sweet, floral, and tropical, I knew I’d miss them when I got back home. And because a single passion fruit can cost at least four bucks at the grocery store (when you can get them for about a fifty cents a pound in Lima), I definitely didn’t want to buy them.
I planted the vine, which was pretty small, in the backyard in early March and trained it on a tomato cage. Now in October, the vine has really filled out. It sends our shoots that can grow a couple of feet in a single day.
And the flowers it produces are gorgeous. They’re big and weird, with purple and green petals and something that looks like an alien popping right out of the middle.
|Crazy alien flower|
A couple of weeks ago, I went outside to tuck the new tendrils behind the wires of the tomato cage, and I was shocked to see a fruit. I’m not sure if it’s going to taste good, or if it’s going to produce more than just the one, but I can’t wait to see what happens.