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Crystal Hartman Share and invite to spread the word.
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Crystal Hartman Crystal Hartman created an event for Edible Plant Project (.org).
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Crystal Hartman I will also be at the nursery Thursday April 23 from 4-6 if anyone wants to pop in.22.04.2015 at 06:14 pm1Nancy Hendler I plan on coming.22.04.2015 at 07:06 pm1
Brian MonkeySoul Stanton Forage and post public fruit locations! Mulberries and loquats are abundant right now. Edible geocache :)
http://edibleplantproject.org/links/local-edibles/
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Crystal Hartman I would like to ask if anyone familiar with the EPP nursery is available Sunday (4-26) or even Saturday to coordinate volunteers and help complete various to-do list tasks for the nursery? 4 hours wouldSee More be an ideal length of time but 3 or 2 is better than none.See Less20.04.2015 at 10:08 pmLike
Nancy Hendler I am.20.04.2015 at 10:37 pm1Brian MonkeySoul Stanton I could possibly Saturday. When and what group? Is there an agenda or can I set one?21.04.2015 at 02:36 am1
Karen Epple You're still invited for EPP!
Getting better all the time! We'll be on WUFT-TV tomorrow!
Keep inviting folks!!
https://www.facebook.com/events/611446085621976/
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Crystal Hartman If there is anyone in the EPP community who can run this? There's still time. I have to run the nursery that day. However, Evelyn has graciously agreed to display an EPP placard and fliers at her org's booth.15.04.2015 at 12:43 pm1Annette Gilley Also working that day, and can't get out of it.15.04.2015 at 12:54 pmview 3 more commentsCrystal Hartman Sorry you can't make it Annette. My kids and I will be there this Thursday 4-6 if you can come then. Or let me know a good day/time for you and we can just work together.15.04.2015 at 01:02 pm1Annette Gilley If ONLY there was some way to take off on Sunday the 19th, I would come out to EPP in the morning, then go to Earth Day (which is really growing into an awesome event) by 1 pm, but,.... :( Spring is my favorite season, but in many ways it is just hell.16.04.2015 at 03:18 am1Edulis Exsto Larian Solstice and Brian MonkeySoul Stanton can go Karen Epple. Crystal Hartmandoes that person already have our promo materials or banner? I have a table, not tent or chairs.19.04.2015 at 02:32 am
Linda Hefner Hello!! I am looking for Callaloo seeds..have any?19.04.2015 at 01:28 amLike

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)

30 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/

  • Kelsey

    Mary,
    As others have said, Maypop or hardy passionfruit is edible. There is another fruit with a similar name, Mayapple, which is poisonous until it is completely ripe, then it is edible (and the rest of the plant is all poisonous). Did you know the plant by sight or just by name?

  • the two fruits and both plants look completely different … and it’s good to know about may apples just in case! http://www.eattheweeds.com/podophyllum-peltatum-forgotten-fruit-2/ and http://wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/food/edibleplants/mayapple/index.html (great pics)

  • Ellen in Asheville

    I love these plants and let them go wherever they want in my yard. Recently I dug out two diseased climbing roses on either side of my garage door and transplanted Maypops in their place – the results were luscious foliage right up to frost, with fruit to eat as a bonus. Just before frost I dried the most perfect leaves and tendrils for a bedtime tea that works better than any other sleep-inducing OTC meds/herbs I know of – most gentle yet deep sleep, less post-drowsy after-effect. I leave the vines in place to make sure that all the fritillary caterpillars have completed their cycle – and I examine them carefully before composting to remove and relocate any pupae. We need every pollinator we can get, right?

  • lovely to hear ellen – this is edible, healing gardening at its best :-)

  • Tim Anderson

    Can the maypop roots be confined so that the plant doesn’t grow where you don’t want it? I want to limit it to an arch walk thru.
    Thanks,Tim

  • Sarah

    I am wondering the same as Tim. I’d like to grow these on a trellis on my porch but don’t want them to be too crazy. Also, will they damage a roof structure like wisteria?

  • mine die back each year and their vines are more malleable than wisteria’s – i’m sure you could grow them on a trellis or arch – not sure about confining the roots

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