Michael Adler Hey, I was thinking of trying to harvest callaloo seeds again today, after work, since we have nice weather and might not again for a while. Can anyoneSee More help? I know it's short notice, but thought I'd try. I really need a helper to hold the bin up while I shake the seedheads into it and vice-versa.See Less18.09.2014 at 05:09 pm
Valerie Anderson :/18.09.2014 at 07:58 pmMichael Adler Thanks Maureen for helping!18.09.2014 at 08:55 pm1
Michael Adler I didn't send out one of these last week because I expected plenty of help at the nursery, as I do again this Sunday, but I like to keep you in the loop,See More for those of you who read these things.

Delta Nu Zeta is sending some members to us this Sunday. We will probably pull weeds, collect seeds, and maybe plant a thing or two.

Anyone else is still welcome to come, but I might have a hard time finding enough things for everyone to do. If anyone else would like to help coordinate volunteers, on the other hand, that might be useful.

Michael

P.S. Here is a report from the last couple weeks:

9/7/14: After my usual rounds checking on everything, Annette came to help. I don't remember everything we did, but there was some weed-pulling and we went to the garden and harvested lots of black callaloo by shaking it into a large bin. We also planted most of the yellow strawberry guava seeds we extracted the week before, into three large pots and covered them with screen. We only had three pieces of fiberglass screen, and nothing to cut the metal screen with, so we had some seeds left over.

9/10/14: Chris Neilubowicz helped load. Aunt Maggie and Joey helped set up the booth. I gave an interview to a group from FYCS working on a class project on nonprofits, and they planned to come volunteer at the nursery on Sundday. Some also helped with the sale. Brian helped at the booth a lot and also gave an interview. Gabriella stopped by for a bit too. Joey helped unload the plants at the nursery.

9/14/14: I started by mixing up some scythe organic herbicide and spraying lots of Chamaesyce weeds around the nursery. After that, the group from FYCS came. We went to the garden at Siembra to harvest callaloo seeds, but as soon as I was showing them how, we started getting rained on. We took shelter inside Siembra's seedling greenhouse and made friends with a fence lizard. When the rain stopped, we went back to the nursery and I started them on weeding and cutting free the pots that were growing into the ground. I pulled one away to help me plant the last yellow strawberry guava seeds and then we up-potted our last yellow strawberry guava plant. The group left. I up-potted two more strawberry guavas, cleaned and tested the greenhouse heater, investigated why the second row of the main plant area was looking very dry, and discovered a kink in the hose. I ran the sprinklers on them and planted 8 sugar canes.See Less
17.09.2014 at 11:36 pm
Faith Carr Love the update! Good stuff.18.09.2014 at 07:50 am
Bailey Abda Hey people,
I just moved here from Tampa and am looking to get more involved in the permie/herbal/gardening community.
Any suggestions/events, etc would
See More be greatly appreciated!See Less
16.09.2014 at 11:19 am
Michael Adler Hey, I just heard the Co-op is looking for a new home for the two fig trees growing in their planters. They were originally from us, but are much largerSee More now. They should be cut back when transplanted, unless it's early next spring, when they don't have any leaves. It will still take a lot of watering to get them settled.See Less
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Michael Adler I think they were Texas blue giant and maybe a jelly.08.09.2014 at 09:49 pmAnnette Gilley Do they need to be moved right away? I would love to adopt at least one of them.08.09.2014 at 10:59 pmview 1 more commentsMichael Adler I don't know. Ask McTimberwolf08.09.2014 at 11:00 pm
Michael Adler Is anyone interested in leading a volunteer group one Saturday or week day evening? A pre-pharmacy organization has offered to help, but I'm not availableSee More most of those times.See Less08.09.2014 at 10:57 pm
Michael Adler Anyone interested in volunteering or interning with nextjenclimate.org to promote climate issues in the upcoming election please contact Trenton BrooksSee More brooks_trenton@yahoo.comSee Less04.09.2014 at 06:50 pm
Maria Minno Please keep an eye out for this butterfly:
01.09.2014 at 11:31 pm

Maypop


The Maypop Passion Fruit (passiflora incarnata) is a native vine that inhabits sunny areas in all local soil types. It spreads underground and may appear where you had not planned for it to be. It emerges from underground in the spring and flowers with large ornate purple blossoms. The vines grow and produce better in some spots than in others. The difference may be soil quality or drainage.

P. incarnata is the host plant for the gulf fritillary butterfly. Their larvae may completely consume young, potted, or otherwise slow growing plants. Most wild vines grow quickly enough to compensate for the caterpillars.

The delicious fruits begin to mature in late July. Trellising will improve your ability to find the fruits, which fall off when ripe.

The passionflower is nature’s most beautiful – here are some more really fabulous photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yodaddy/815160262/ To eat, tear open the skin, suck out the innards and chew it all up. The taste is uniquely delicious and the seeds crunchy. You can cut them in half and scoop the pulp out into a fresh fruit salad.
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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=maypop%20passion%20fruit

pdf – Maypop Passion Fruit Information Sheet (to print out)

23 comments to Maypop

  • MANON

    IF YOU WANT SOME FAST GROWING VINE WITH BEAUTIFUL COLORED FLOWERS TO COVER AN UGLY FENCE OR WALL….WELL THE MAYPOP WILL SURPRISE YOU AND BEFORE YOU KNOW YOU LOVE THAT “TAKING OVER” VINE.

  • luther

    I ate these maypop’s when I was a little boy growing up in the Carolina’s. Would love to get some seed to try and grow here in Texas.

  • Luther,
    I have many of them growing wild in my yard. Will be happy to share. Contact me through my website.

  • Steve

    They sure bring back memories of my childhood. We used to eat ‘em, stomp ‘em to hear them pop and loved to mash up the insides in water and add just a little sugar. Maypops are the essence of summer. A big wild vine full of maypops is one of ten years old most exciting summer discoveries.
    Minus a snake or an occasional wasp nest!

  • Maria

    They are a fast grower. I picked up a fruit and planted the whole in my yard…now they are taking over…they are nice plants.

  • Cat

    can anyone tell me how to make jelly of them,what do they look like ripe. Please email me if you can help. Cat

  • Cat

    Are these ok to use for herbal purpose? Like the purple passion flower????? Thank you Cat

  • ChayaMan

    In Brasil, we use these fruits to make juice – Maracuja. Mixed up light with sugar, it is a refreshing drink in hot weather. Mixed up thicker, it is a good remedy for insomnia; it puts one to sleep easily without making problems for awaking.

  • kim0307b

    eat the fruit of incarnata?

  • Nessa

    where can I get seeds for this flower?

  • Josie

    I live in the UK and I have one of these growing in my garden. It’s a complete mystery how it got there but the flowers are beautiful!

  • angel brown

    I want so so much to be able to eat-taste them again. I remeber them as a child looking for these wrinkle ,swiveled up yellowish, greenish things that us southern always knew as Maypops which now in my forties no one had no clue what I was saying cause for the first time I realized they where actually called passion fruit (boy did I really felt like a true Hillbilly!!! Where can I get I buy them in Tampa, FL area? I miss the memories! If I can’t buy them,, can Someone tell me how to grow them?? But if U have any I can buy,,please let me kno

  • Beverly Orio

    The leaves also make a very nice tea. And the tea is very good for insomnia, and safe even for babies. Many other medicinal benefits to the leaf.

  • Stephen

    Does anyone still have the seeds avalable?

  • Rachel

    I live in Northwest indiana. I had a maypop passion flower last year. I’m looking at replacing the one since it’s not regrowing this year. Any ideas of where to find would be very helpful. Tha ks in advance.

  • i’m so sorry we do not have maypop seeds for sale – they are available and i found some here! http://www.sandmountainherbs.com/passion_flower_american_maypop.html

  • Martin

    I moved to Georgia in late June. I noticed this vine by my barn and was concerned it might be toxic to my animals. I was very happy to find out it was a Maypop and am now enjoying the fruits. They vine is now appearing in numerous locations in the yard. I am going to try and save some seeds

  • Jennifer

    I am confused about a previous comment. Someone wrote it is fine to use “leaves” to make tea. Are the “leaves” the flower petals, or actual leaves from the plant?

  • the leaves are the actual leaves jennifer! not the flower petals

  • Mary

    When are the Maypops ripe to eat. My neighbors in Alabama all say that they ore poisonous? Or that they should be eaten a certain time of the year.

  • mark

    I had one of these randomly pop up last year beside my garage on the side that’s sunny in the morning but shaded in the evening. A little later in the season I noticed a small one had popped up near the corner where sun is in the evening. I never really knew what they where. I’ve lived in N.C. all my life and have never even heard of them. I noticed the flowers one day and fell in love. They’re so beautiful and unique looking. I pretty much left them laying on the ground and it done pretty well. But this year the one on the shady side never appeared but the one on the sunny side came right out from under the concrete near my garage door out of ole hard, red clay dirt. It kept getting bigger and bigger trying to go into my garage so I decided to bend it towards a trellis. It has since gotten taller than me and has taken over the trellis and heading back to the ground. It is full of huge beautiful flowers and fruit. I’m just now researching them, their benefits and how to eat them. My landlord told me that they where an aphrodisiac.. Any truth to this?

  • so say the herbalists mark – and researchers found that mounting behaviors in male mice increased significantly when passionflower extracts were administered: http://bit.ly/maypopinfo and http://bit.ly/maypopinfo2

  • when the fruits ripen will vary depending on which gardening zone you are in – check out this website for details and pics of ripe maypops
    green dean says they are categorically not poisonous – “websites have been proliferating the nonsense that Passiflora incarnata has cyanide in it. It categorically does not. The American Pharmaceutical Association Practical Guide to Natural Medicines by Andrea Peirce states: “Unlike other Passiflora species, … [the] Passionflower does not contain the poison cyanide, as some sources incorrectly suggest; they may have mistaken Passiflora incarnata for Passiflora caerulea, the ornamental blue passionflower that does contain this toxin.”
    http://www.eattheweeds.com/maypops-food-fun-medicine-2/

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