Passion Flowers grow on beautiful, albiet invasive, vines all over southern California. I have some on the chainlink fence in the back of my yard and have wondered for years if their pretty little orange fruits were edible. They’re related to the larger commercially grown Passion Fruit, but then again Deadly Nightshade is related to Tomatoes.
Erin over at Erin’s Kitchen recently posted a confirmation that the Passion Flower Fruits are edible. As a little fact-check, I went into my back yard this afternoon and picked on and ate some of the seeds and have lived to blog about it.
The little fruits are smaller than a plum and kind of mushy feeling instead of being dense and hard like a stone fruit. Ripe fruits are orange and you can peel back the leathery rind to find the blood red seeds which are mushier than Pomegranate seeds, but kind of similar in flavor.
I’m not quite sure what you can do with them, except maybe strain them for some juice/pulp to be added to a smoothie or maybe a pie or preserve. Anyone ever use them in anything? The harvest on my back fence isn’t quite ready yet.