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Monday, March 21, 2011

Taking a weed home, passionflower or pokok letup

A weed is not a weed when it is desired and treasured. We noticed pokok letup, climbing up a fence one day while jogging early in the morning. The fruits were hairy and felt oily. The flowers were majestic. Many houses round here are still empty, and the vine was climbing up on the fence of one empty house.  We waited until the fruit turned yellow and picked, .... Alas, I didn't bring along Nikon to snap the beautiful passionflowers.

Pokok letup is my childhood delight. Modern life somehow cut off far too many childhood pages.  Forests are bulldozed to make way for development.  Vines endemic to Malaysia are hard to find.   Everyone seem to be pulling out weeds, but  today I am taking a weed home. I hope they will germinate and grow here with beautiful flowers and fruits.

Ripe passionflower fruits/ buah letup yang masak

Passionflower fruits: the inside

Seeds from two dry fruits

Taking a weed home is my way of celebrating Earth Day.

bangchik and kakdah
Taman Kota Harmoni, Tanah Merah, Malaysia.

16 comments:

  1. Pokok letup I can't seem to jog my memory whether I have ever try this fruit or not. Does it have another name? Apa rasa dia Bangchik?

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  2. Oooh, that is awesome! I have never eaten fresh passion fruit before.

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  3. Is there a butterfly that visits the flowers of your passionflower?

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  4. Ha! I was thinking of planting one in my gdn if I can find a vine and I saw some near my kid's school recently. Coincidentally, Gardening with Wilson @ Singapore posted abt this vine recently that it is toxic. We used to play with it when we were kids because they were so cute like miniature rambutans

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  5. Taking a weed home...but apparently not a weed for you...with beautiful flowers and fruit. Look forward Bangchik to seeing the flowers of the pokok letup!

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  6. That's the way to go, Bangchik. I grow 'weeds' in my garden too!

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  7. passion fruit buat saya fikir ianya buah susu la bang chik... saya salah nama ke ?

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  8. I remember this!! I used to pick them and keep them. I didnt know you could eat them. Oh.. come to think of it, I havent seen this for a long time.... Thanks for bringing this up.. now I know what I shall be looking for every morning when I go for my walks.

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  9. I only know that passionfruit juice is delicious!

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  10. Bangchik, You are growing this for its beauty right? Is it edible?

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  11. bang chik ..me also called this pokok letup.I was grew up in Pendang Kedah..Mmg banyak pokok letup ni di kat kg saya.Mak saya selalu celur pucuk letup ni..buat ulam cicah dgn sambal belacan.Wallahh sedap..mmg terkenang2 zaman kanak2 bila tgk pokok ni.Kat KL mmg tak penah nampak.

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  12. Is the fruit edible? Looks so tiny and different from normal passion fruit.

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  13. oh that's nice, i haven't seen passion vine yet here as weeds, only the fruiting type, P edulis. Maybe the fruits can also be mixed with juices to give some distinct aroma.

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  14. We consider passion flowers to be a welcome addition to the garden. They are offered by gardne centres in all sorts of colours

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  15. Friends, Bloggers and Gardeners.
    The fruit is edible when ripe. Not bad, very juicy.. Butterflies are regular visiters to this plant and so is bumble bee..... They are not toxic when ripe, some even take shoots as ulam/ salad. I heard about leaves used to treat skin problem.

    Buah susu (marcisa) is buah letup distant cousin, the bigger one. They belong to same family of passion fruits. Worldwide something like 500 species.

    I will grow them for flowers and fruits, for us and for visitors, butterflies and bees included.

    bangchik

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