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This fruit is an almost unknown Jungle beauty! The history of the plant's use by man is probably quite long, the fruits are definitely semi-domesticated or domesticated. In Panama it is known by a very small percentage of the people under the rather bizarre name of "Maracuja Chino" which translates to "Chinese passionfruit" It is absolutely not Chinese, and it is absolutely not a passionfruit! So without any other common name that makes any sense we have asked our experts and they agreed on a "common name" that we penned ourselves: Panama Passionfruit Melon! This fruit is like no other fruit that we know. Upon maturity the lime-green striped melon like fruits turn a glossy yellow with fine lines between the segments. The melons actually look like porcelain , we even considered calling it the Porcelain Melon. The next surprise is when a ripe fruit is cut open! The flesh of a ripe fruit starts to liquify, except for the outer layer, all of it can be scooped out, the flesh strained through as sieve to remove the seeds and then it is used to make an exquisite drink not unlike papaya juice. Scientific studies have shown that the fruit is extremely rich in Lutein and beta-carotenoids. It tastes like a papaya milkshake! The plant is in the Squash family, Cucurbitaceae, and it is a tropical/ perhaps subtropical climber. It should do well in zone 9 and 10 without shelter ( except rare frosts) and probably could be grown under protection as far as zone 7 --this is not yet proven but our suspicion. The vines are extremely productive producing as many as 200 fruits. It is all but unknown in cultivation! It is extremely rare!
In a few words--shockingly gorgeous, delicious and nutritious!
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Questions I hope you can answer. Days to maturity? Grown in what kind of light? Any other growing recommendations that you can provide?
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23 Apr 2014
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