The Passion Flower

It wouldn’t surprise me to know that people just grew passionfruit for their remarkable flowers. I LOVE the fruit with an even greater passion though! The crop about to ripen on the vines on our side fence should satiate Tom, Hattie and I for a little while at least…

The exquisite passion flower - baffling how nature turns this into one of my favourite fruits

The history of the name of the fruit and it’s flower is fascinating too…

Roman Catholic priests of the lat 1500’s named it for the Passion (suffering and death) of Jesus Christ. They believed that several parts of the plant, including the petals, rays, and sepals, symbolized features of the Passion. The flower’s five petals and five petallike sepals represented the 10 apostles who remained faithful to Jesus throughout the Passion. The circle of hairlike rays above the petals suggested the crown of thorns that Jesus wore on the day of His death.