The vine has large attractive purple and white passion flowers. Prefers warm sheltered area. Fruit when green can be cooked as a squash substitute and when ripe eaten like a melon. Largest fruiting member of the passion fruit family.
FEATURES: Semi/evergreen vines climbing and clinging via tendrils. The showy red, purple and white flowers require hand pollination to produce the 40cm long and 24cm wide fruit. Large oval fruit are yellow-green with greenish yellow flesh and purple pulp. Fruit is ready for harvest in Autumn and Spring,
CONDITIONS: Will grow in most reasonable soils in a sunny site but requires warm protected sub/tropical conditions. Not tolerant of frost. Vine requires sturdy support.
FOR BEST RESULTS: Best grown in fertile free draining, moist loamy soil. Enrich well with good organic compost and a thick mulch layer.
PLANTING IDEAS AND USES: The flesh of green, unripe fruit can be cooked like squash and used in soups, salads, curries etc. as a vegetable substitute. The ripe yellow fruit are eaten like a melon. The moist purple pulp can be eaten fresh or used in drinks, fruit salad or desserts.