Red Fruit Passionfruit Passiflora Foetida Seeds

Red Fruit Passionfruit Passiflora Foetida Seeds

Red Fruit Passionfruit Passiflora Foetida Seeds

Packet of 12+ home grown red fruited passionfruit seeds!

This selection was originally sourced from two different forms and while the fruit is always bright red there is still variation in the plants.

Like the standard Passiflora foetida , it is a native to the USA, Mexico, Central America including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, the Caribbean and South America countries of French Guiana, Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, but unlike the other one, this red form is very rarely available.

All these years later I have still never seen the red fruited forms of Passiflora foetida for sale commercially in Australia, and not only that, this seed packet contains genetics from two different and quite unique types!

One type was very slow growing, but a huge vine, and for us it took` around two years to fruit. The red fruit are large, and the shell is quite firm, and the taste is the very lemony.
The vine lived very long with some of ours lasting five years, still fruiting and flowering constantly.
I cut it back with a cane knife every now and then, but apart from that it did its own thing.
The leaves remain a lovely furry green and it flowers a lot more than it fruits, despite an abundance of bees. Very productive due to its size, and very hardy.

The other red type was a small fast growing vine that fruited in around six months for us here. Its leaf is slightly thinner and longer, its fruit has a thinner shell, and the taste is more melon like that the other one. It is an annual vine and will need to be replanted yearly. If it gets cold its foliage turns a lovely maroon purple, especially the new growth. It is not as hardy as the other one and it will need a water every now and then.

The seeds you get will be a mixture of both types, and I have also been cross-pollinating them for years, so you may even get something really unique. If you do I would love a picture!

These are not the more strongly scented orange or yellow fruited ones that is in most of the online weed data, and though easy to grow, they are nowhere near as weedy.

A fact proven by their rarity in Australia, despite being in private collections for decades.

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

Carnivorous Passionfruit Passiflora Foetida Seeds

Carnivorous Passionfruit Passiflora Foetida Seeds

At least 20+fresh seeds from this cool tiny little Passionfruit!

It’s a native to the USA, Mexico, Central America including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, the Caribbean and South America countries of French Guiana, Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Not actually a native plant to Australia, but often called “native passionfruit” nonetheless, especially folks that traditionally harvest and it back in their home countries.

Often called “stinking passionfruit” by Aussies and although it doesn’t stink, it has a musky aroma unlike other more well known Passiflora Species.

It has been naturalized and is harvested as a medicinal in Europe as one of the most popular ingredients in “herbal sleep aids/pills/powders”, is a traditional treatment of sleeplessness in Vietnam, and is grown commercially on a small scale, as a food crop in the Cocos Islands, many parts of SE Asia including the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea the Mascarenes most Pacific islands including American Samoa, Western Samoa, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Tonga and Hawaii, etc etc etc……….

This plant is relatively unused by Western societies. As such, there is little info online in English, but if you were to search in Thai, Filipino, Indonesian or French, etc there is page after page, as it’s a really cool plant!

It is a carnivorous plant in my opinion, as it uses sticky bracts to trap small insects and has digestive juices to dissolve prey. Some folk say its Proto-Carnivorous, which means it is still in evolution, but well on the way there. There is still a lot of debate on who is correct, but naturally I reckon it’s me!

Regardless, whatever it is, it tastes bloody great!

This is the Green fruited smaller/dwarf form, NOT the more strongly scented larger orange/yellow fruited one that’s in most of the online data, and this one grows a much smaller vine and more fruit per meter that the other more tropical form.

I also have a couple red fruited Passiflora foetida too if you are interested..I grow it near the compost bin, and wherever I get gaps or plants die in the irrigated rows.

A lot of folk just grow it in a large pot and let it ramble around on the porch, balcony, windowsill, etc.

It’s nowhere near as big as the traditional passionfruit vines, and I did that for years in the city!

It’s non-acidic and has sweet white/cream coloured flesh, with a funky almost “Muskstick candy” flavour?

Definitely not the standard passionfruit. But after showing and taste testing on heaps of people over the years, I have never had anyone say they didn’t like it.

Great in pots on the balcony for city folk, but if you live in the bush like us, be aware.
The critters here love them!

The bats, king parrots, custard head parrots, bettongs, our even our bloody dog, they all love the fruit and if given half a chance, and the kangaroos and wallabies will mow the whole plant off at ground level, eating the plant fruit stem and all.

The whole plant is edible in sensible amounts, and its used as a herbal remedy in many cultures for a wide range of ailments.

The leaves brewed as tea have a sedative effect, much like chamomile, but much stronger in effect with me…..

Here is a small bit of data that you may find interesting, from a well-respected USA based cancer website.

“Herb matter derived from the aerial parts of the plant “Passiflora Foetida”. Patients use this herb to treat insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, neuralgia, and withdrawal syndromes from opiates or benzodiazepines.
The active component of passionflower is unknown.
The alkaloid components (e.g. harman, harmaline) are thought to produce monoamine oxidase inhibition, while the maltol and gamma-pyrone derivatives cause activation of GABA receptors (4). Reported adverse events include sedation, dizziness, impaired cognitive function, and one case report of nausea, vomiting, and ECG changes.
All adverse events subside following discontinuation of passionflower (7) (8). Theoretically, passionflower may potentiate the sedative effect of centrally acting substances (e.g. benzodiazepines, barbiturates, alcohol) (10).
A small pilot study evaluated passionflower for generalized anxiety and showed comparable efficacy to oxazepam (8), but a systematic review concluded that randomized controlled studies are needed to confirm such effects (12). Passionflower may be of use in combination with clonidine for opiate detoxification, but additional research is required.
No standardization exists for passionflower extract. Therefore dosages and activities may vary.”

Food for thought.

Also, as the fruit ripen from the base of the plant up, you get a fruit ripen up every few days.

They store fine on the plant for about three weeks (if the critters don’t get at them first!) so you can eat a couple every day as I do, or wait until you have a few and chill them down as an interesting desert or garnish.

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

 

Native Salmon Flowered Passionfruit Passiflora Aurantia

Native Salmon Flowered Passionfruit Passiflora Aurantia Seeds

Pack of 25+ very rarely available seeds!

Very hard to find amazing coloured native passionfruit.

Though visually similar to Passiflora aurantia var. samoenensis, this Aussie species, Passiflora aurantia var. aurantia, has glands near the top of the petiole.
This particular one has red flowers not burnt orange as seems to be more commonly encountered.

Awesome cream ruffles that unwind into the most amazing salmon coloured flower ever. As the days go on it darkens up to a deep crimson red.

It is perfect for pots, and if you wind it around itself, the whole plant will only take up half meter of space.

On a trellis in good fertile soil it will spread out much more, and when planted at the base of Acacia species as companion plant, they cover the bushes with flowers and provide a real splash of colour for the times when the Acacia are not blooming.

I love this species so much that we had a full row of them, before the big Bundy floods….

Several hundred of these plants alone, ended up washed into the dam, and it has taken me all these years to get enough to want to share them with you guys again.

It isn’t because they are hard to grow or anything, it’s because of the bloody king parrots and wallabies, and because I am may be a little disorganized from time to time…

Not to worry, got that sorted now!

It does great in full sun or nearly total shade, and has a natural distribution that includes Queensland, New South Wales, New Guinea and the Pacific islands.
Provided you protect it from really heavy frosts, and excessive heat, it can grow happily just about everywhere in Oz, and anywhere else for that matter.

I have sold a lot to collectors all over the world, especially to Germany, UK and USA and back in the day when we were only selling it in “Mixed Passiflora species” pack on eBay,  I saw three of our seeds resold at auction for 68Euro plus postage!

Quite the mark up!

I also must warn you, BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN BUYING THIS SPECIES ANYWHERE ELSE!!!

Just this week I found four dodgy bastards using our pictures and descriptions to defraud folks on eBay, Etsy and a USA based store/blog.
I haven’t had the time to check but there are no doubt many more, especially Chinese based stores with Australian and USA sounding names that often illegally bulk import on their behalves, then repackage and redistribute the seeds to customers.

Be wary of Australian flags, fancy borders around images, large gallery themes, stores also selling electronics, knives,  gadgets, and Ozzie sounding names on eBay especially.

I am certain that the actual seeds they delivery are just common supermarket passionfruit, Passiflora edulis or the very weedy Passiflora caerulea.

This hurts our website sales heaps, but also destroys the trust of folks when they spend a couple years thinking they are growing something unique, only to find they could have bought it for ~$10 a kilo at their local supermarket.

It is also a very profitable scam.

Just one of the sellers using our stolen images and text had allegedly sold this species more than 3,200 times at $8 a pack for 10seeds.

That’s $25 grand(or a couple years income for us) and all it took was a few kilos of supermarket passionfruit and a quick copy paste of our intellectual property.

To just collect that many seeds of this species would be a full time job so there is no way the seeds were legit, even if you ignore the lack of morals the seller exhibited by stealing from us, and the fact they were allegedly in the UK(but more likely Chinese based wholesalers with UK based redistribution networks).

If you ever see any of our images or text used elsewhere please send me an email so I can ask them to remove it and report them to the hosting site.
It helps us, and it also protects the gardening community, because if you can’t take a picture of the alleged rare species you are selling, then 99.999% of the time it means you don’t actually sell it, you ripping folks off sending some other crap instead.

This means you are getting stolen from, and also being put at risk of prosecution for illegal importation or propagation.
Most of the species used in these substitution scams are mislabeled common weeds, prohibited to import and grow.
The fines for customers caught importing and growing these species are huge, thousands of $.

Seed fraud is a million dollar industry, it sucks for everyone except the bastards doing it.
I personally reckon it is important that we all do our bit to stop it!

Anyway, enough about the endless stream of dodgy bastards, on to the fruit!

It tastes great, but not really anything like a passion fruit you get in the shops.

The fruit ripen with a green skin, and the the flesh has a mild tanginess, but lower acid, and a sort of funky roasted garlic flavour that I really like.

The flesh is white instead of yellow or orange, and the seeds are tiny and sort of pointed at both ends. About a third as big as normal.
Very different in size and shape to the standard imported passion fruit species.

Unlike all the more common species this native fella produces flowers and fruit all year round here, even in winter.

Just keep the water up to them and give them the odd feed with a bit of compost or manure.
Just a pinch, don’t over do it.

It has flowers and fruit on pretty much all the time, all at different stages, and even the dark glossy leaf looks cool I reckon!

Now the internet will tell you it grows readibly from seeds which don’t require any pre-treatment, and that is technically true.
But, please note that the germination itself is erratic as this is an totally undomesticated wild species.

It hasn’t had hundreds of generations of selection to standardise it, and as such it quite often takes a couple months to pop if the seeds are super fresh like mine always are.

Old seeds(which we don’t sell) often germinate faster as the germination inhibiting chemicals have had time to break down and leach out.

Just the nature of the beast.

It is worth the wait, and provided you use a nice sandy well draining soil and keep it moist the majority will come up eventually, normally when the weather changes.

I’m sure that, just like any other Passiflora species, you could speed the process up to a couple weeks, just by carefully thinning the shell, as happens naturally in the wild.

The King parrots love them(cheeky bastards!) and I find a lot of seedlings under parrot roosts.
I guess it’s a harsh journey through a parrots gut, so that no doubt speeds up germination.

You could soak it in orange juice over night, or bleach for a couple minutes, or even run a few experiments using GA3 or Smoked vermiculite.

You could rub the seeds on the concrete, in sand, or generally roughen and scarify the seed coat, but I never do, as I just see no need.

Nature knows best I reckon, and I’m not in a big hurry.
These are good fresh seeds, and they will grow, when they are ready.

Trust me, they are well worth waiting for!

Grown by us organically (and sometimes wild harvested locally), no chems, no nasties, no problems!

Hawaii Gold Passsionfruit Passiflora Edulis Seeds

Hawaii Gold Passsionfruit Passiflora Edulis Seeds

Pack of 50+ seeds, which should keep you in fruit for quite a while!

Homegrown organically by me and the Mrs, and every now and then a neighbour, (just not enough to keep up with demand at this stage).

Very cool looking vine especially when loaded with fruit, and the fruit themselves are delicious!

Beautiful golden yellow colour, with a sweet tropical flavour. Big crops too!

You don’t see it around these days much, which is a real shame as it’s just as good as any other black or purple variety on the market, and heaps better than the “Pandora Gold” that you occasionally do see I reckon.

Best variety for Passionfruit Butter the CWA ladies tell me.

Never watery like the both red and gold “Pandora” types can get, especially in the heat.

That’s about it really?

Just a great tasting cool looking yellow fruited passionfruit vine.

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

Panama Red Passionfruit Passiflora Edulis Seeds

Panama Red Passionfruit Passiflora Edulis Seeds

Panama Red Passionfruit Passiflora Edulis Seeds

Packet of at least 50+Seeds!

Perfect amount to get most people started, and in less than 18 months you should have buckets full of fruit to select your own seeds from!

This is the very best of the red/purple Passionfruit out there.

I’m serious, if you want a nice sweet, large sized passionfruit, then this is the one!

Been selected by a local farmer and improved year after year, generation after generation for over 35 years! It sinks a huge deep taproot, and for that reason it shows slower growth than the others initially.

Don’t let that fool you though!

Having less new leaves in its tender stage, it attracts less critters, and even handles the eventual green beetle attack better due to the deeper tap root! Its stem is thicker than normal too, and after a couple months it uses those stores of energy to really take off.

The huge taproot and thick stem means it can handle irregular watering and sharp changes in much weather better too. It sets a full, sweet, heavy fruit. It has wilt resistance and doesn’t need grafting, as its a perfect plant and rootstock all in one.

On a side note, even those expensive grafted plants are eventually affected by wilt to some extent.

The green beetle or banana spotting bug carries the disease from plant to plant and mostly attacks the tender shoots/stems ABOVE the graft. Therefore infecting the non-resistant tissue, the bit that bears the fruit, and making the whole process of grafting quite pointless!

No issues with suckering below the graft with this fella either! Another thing I forgot to mention, you can eat the new shoots and small leaves as a vegetable. Use them just like a bean shoot in noodles and curries.

Very tender and quite nice! After eating a heap I’m a bit surprised it’s not more common.

Useful all year round!

It truly is the best of the bunch.

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!

White Pomegranate Punica Granatum Seeds

White Pomegranate Punica Granatum Seeds

Packet of 40+ home grown organic seeds!

This is a very beautiful little shrub or small tree that produces heaps of tasty little fruit.

The fruit themselves are not the more common red fleshed ones you see in the supermarket.
These guys are white on the inside and about half the size.

The juice they produce is just as tasty and they pump out about twice as many fruit as the larger ones do, but over a much longer period.
They hang on the trees well, meaning you can pick them as needed over many months.

To eat them just pick the fruit, cut it in half, squeeze it roughly in your hand and give the back a bash with the back of a spoon to knock the little caviar balls out into a bowl.

You can then just eat them or squeeze the juice out and use it in salad dressings, make it into cordial or drink it as is.
The seeds are edible too just like with Passionfruit Species.

Beautiful red flowers, frost and drought hardy, and very easy to grow.
Just mix the seeds into a nice sandy soil mix and wait a couple months.
Move them out into larger pots or plant out into the garden when they are a couple inches high.

Unlike a lot of other fruit we have trialed here the roos and wallabies leave then alone which is a real bonus!
Ideal for large pots and for us here they put out their first fruit in 3-4years from germination.

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!