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Passiflora ligularis - Sweet Granadilla - 20 Seeds

Passiflora ligularis - Sweet Granadilla - 20 Seeds

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Passiflora ligularis - Sweet Granadilla - 20 Seeds

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Passiflora ligularis - Sweet Granadilla

This listing is for 20 seeds.

Passiflora ligularis, commonly known as the Sweet granadilla or Grenadia. It is native to the Andes Mountains between Bolivia, Venezuela and Colombia. It grows as far south as northern Argentina and as far north as Mexico. Outside of its native range it grows in the tropical mountains of Africa and Australia (where they are known as passionfruit), and is now common in local markets of Papua New Guinea, where it is known as 'sugar fruit'. It likes climates ranging from 15° to 18° C and between 600 and 1000 mm of annual rain. It lives at altitudes ranging from 1700 to 2600 meters above sea level. They have abundant, simple heart shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers, with the typical banded corolla of filaments.

The fruit is orange to yellow colored with small light markings. It has a round shape with a tip ending in the stem. The fruit is between 6.5 and 8 cm long and between 5.1 and 7 cm in diameter. The outer shell is hard and slippery, and has soft padding on the interior to protect the seeds. The seeds, which are hard and black, are surrounded by a gelatinous sphere of transparent pulp. The pulp is the edible part of the fruit and has a soft sweet taste. It is very aromatic and contains vitamins A, C, and K, phosphorus, iron, and calcium.

The name passionflower derives from the early missionaries to South America, who used the flower to describe the 'Passion of Christ' - the 5 petals and 5 sepals represented the 10 apostles who remained true (less Judas and Peter), the corolla of filaments represents the crown of thorns, the 5 styles represent the 5 wounds and finally the 3 stigma represent the 3 nails used to crucify Christ.
 
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