Penis passionflower
Image credit: Boutique Vegetale, who sell the seeds.

Moving on from our recent adventures with knob celery Tendrils this week features a plant that is more visually suggestive. Apparently there’s a variety of passionflower (Passiflora quadrangularis ‘Erotica’) that grows fruits that look like… well, they look like a penis. It’s not the first fruit we’ve come across that grows into such a shape – the penis pepper (aka the Peter Pepper, for some reason) – has that honour, but it can’t compete on size!

If you want to try and grow your own Passionfruit Penis then you’ll need a sunny spot and some frost protection – it’s a native of South American and only hardy to 0°C. You may also find yourself getting funny looks from the neighbours….

It would be slightly stealthier to grow Lubera’s goji berry ‘Turgidus’, but I defy anyone to avoid sniggering when saying the name! Still, they do have a nice bit on that link about the eventful history of the Goji berry in Europe, so we’ll let them off. If you want your Turgidus to live up to expectations, you’ll need their advice on how to grow and prune goji berry plants.

Anyway, food and sex seem to be natural partners, so let’s move away from the smut and onto the culinary delights of spring 🙂

The Great British Chefs have a recipe for Feta and Dandelion Tart which looks like it could be a winning way to use those pesky weeds, whilst Cultivate Oxford are concentrating on a cultivated crop and making braised rhubarb.

We’ve got some edible flower recipes as well. Gather Victoria has been making daisy capers, and Eat Weeds is turning petals into magnolia syrup.

Free plants from Suttons: Trombocino squash

Savor the South West are talking about succulent tastes, a topic I investigated a couple of years ago in my post on a garden of succulent edibles. Remember, though – all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti! I was having a conversation with someone just yesterday about the edible houseleek, a plant I have not yet managed to add to my garden.

Meanwhile, a hotel rooftop in Thailand is being used farm spirulina, which may be “the new kale”. I don’t know about that, but – as the article mentions – spirulina has been investigated as one way to provide fresh food for astronauts on long space missions.

Speaking of space, The Plate is reporting on a project that is using tomato seeds that have flown on the ISS to save an American food desert – by which it means saving the people in an American food desert, I suspect, rather than attempting to perpetuate the desert itself 😉

And to end where we started, and for those of you who missed it, here’s the video I shot in my garden earlier this week!


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