Geoff McCabe

Passion Fruit

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page

Passion Fruit

Permaculturists like to talk about “stacking functions” which means that we try to find multiple uses for an given thing. From that standpoint, Passion Fruit Vine is a dream plant.

This incredibly hardy vine will grow on just about anything, so it has many great uses:

  • Fruit: The tasty “maracuya” passion fruit has a hard shell that you break open and find inside a loose collection of jellied seeds. I used to tell my daughter that they were “frog eggs” and when you chew them, the crunchiness is from the baby frog bones inside them. Maybe that would gross out a lot of kids but Serafina was used to these kinds of stories so she knew when I was joking.
  • Flowers: The passion fruit flower is one of the most beautiful in the world. It’s very large, with lots of exorbitant detail… a flower right out of a tropical dream.
  • Shade: We use this vine to grow on top of shade structures, because it’s such a fast grower and it has broad leaves that are great for blocking the sun. We’re using it on two structures already: Living Shade Garden Unit and the Monkey Dome.
  • Privacy: Don’t want to see something? Or need privacy? You can use this vine to cover a big pile of wood or rubbish. Or block the view of an ugly house or structure by making a trellis to grow this vine on. It will not only beautify, but will give you fruit too.