Passion Fruit – Vine to Table

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The origin of the seeds for this lovely plant are a secret that I can’t divulge.  Isn’t she lovely?  I planted the seeds a couple of years ago and the vine has taken over one area of our backyard.  A bit of useful information:  If you want the vine to bear an abundance of fruit, you have to take the place of a bee.  And how is it that a person can become a “Busy Bee”?  I take long pole and tape feathers or cotton swabs to the end of the pole.  I reach the pole toward an open flower…swab the pollen…and share it with another flower. I go from flower to flower, just like a bee would.  (There aren’t enough real bees or butterflies to do the job of pollination.)

There’s another important detail to the art.  Passion fruit flowers only open at 1:30 p.m. every day…and sometimes only open for brief periods.  So the Busy Bee must arrive on time.  I promise to share when the fruits of my labor are ready for harvest again.