Wednesday, July 11, 2007

July 11

On today's lunch time walk I spotted a vine I'd never seen before. Obviously a member of the passionfruit family, it was festooned with bright orange oval-shaped fruits. I opened one and ate the glossy red seeds inside. They were rather tasteless but had a nice texture. I picked another to bring home and maybe plant, and when I got back to the office I googled "passionfruit vine orange" (how did we ever live before Google?) and learned that this is the Blue Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea). Interestingly, it is named for the flower, not the fruit. I have a soft spot for passion fruit, so I'll be planting these seeds and hoping for a vine in my back yard.

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