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does anyone know what type of fruit this is?

I just tried this fruit or what ever it may be. The seeds are fleshy and slimy and slightly sweet.

I dont know if i just ate something that may be poisonous but it wasnt bad in taste.

I also attached the flower the bush gives...its like no other flower ive ever seen, like an alien flower

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  1. Looks like pomegranate.

    Why would you eat a fruit you could not identify?

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    1. re: TheOffalo

      Its not a pomegranate, the skin is similar to persimmons but fleshier and its the size of a kumquat.

      I didnt really think about why i ate it until after, then i posted this...

    2. What state/country? And what possessed you to eat it?

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      1. ***Wild Passion Fruit***

        (Edited to remove previous questions.)

        Never mind; just found it. It's a wild passion fruit. You'll live. :)

         
         
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        1. re: mcsheridan

          I picked it myself. This is what it looks like when its still very green and still attached to the flower

           
          1. re: fgrade

            Review my post. I edited it. Foraging is an adventure, but like many adventures it sometimes needs an experienced guide.

          2. re: mcsheridan

            Yeah but still...do this with the wrong stuff and you know....

            1. re: pinehurst

              Exactly! You don't pick random things off trees and bushes and eat them and then ask "what is this?" Our ancestors (or should I say those who didn't get to be our ancestors) died that way.

              1. re: mcsheridan

                true that true that. None the less, i didnt pop the whole thing in my mouth, i tasted it first then i had some more. It wasnt bitter or spicy and therefore i had ahhh who am kidding, it was stupid of me, but the good news is that now i have a spot for wild passion fruit. Yum.

              2. re: pinehurst

                Yeah. You know what they say: Every mushroom is edible...




                ....at least once.

                ;-)

                1. re: Enso

                  excellent point!

                  i'd never eat a fruit i didn't know.

              3. re: mcsheridan

                the bush is at a park in torrance. Im here right now. Thank you, i was actually feeling a little queazy but now i feel great.

                Mind over matter, or in my case a short while ago, mind under matter

                    1. re: sr44

                      I gather they're cousins in the same family.

                  1. re: sr44

                    I agree. Granadilla...google granadilla flower images

                  2. Blue passion flower or common passion flower: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflo...

                    Related to the standard passion fruit (passiflora edulis).

                    1. It's a Maypop (passiflora incarnata). It's native to the Southeastern US, and is a host plant to several butterfly species. The native species is a vine. You mentioned a bush. Is the vine growing in a bush?

                      It's also called Passionflower because the shape of the flower structure represents aspects of the Christian Resurrection story.

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                      1. re: kitchengardengal

                        Do you know the difference between this and passionfruit please?

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Passion fruit is a native of Brazil. Same genus, different species.

                          1. re: kitchengardengal

                            But what I've seen in Brazil looks nothing like the OP.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              I usually see the dark, purple-brown ones, which I think are passiflora edulis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflo...). Similar looking is the passiflora ligularis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflo...) but the outer skin of the fruit is lighter in color called granadilla as pinehurst mentioned above.

                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                We're heading back to Brazil in Sept. I'll take pix :) Nonetheless I love passion fruit.

                              2. re: c oliver

                                c Oliver, the Brazilian one doesn't have a yellow/orangey fruit. Have you seen a dark colored one in Brazil?
                                There are hundreds of species of passiflora, so the OP's vine could be from any of a number of places.
                                My friends who have butterfly gardens always have Passionflower. I'll have to ask one of them to let me taste the fruit!

                                1. re: kitchengardengal

                                  Actually the Brazilian ones do have that color fruit.

                                2. re: c oliver

                                  Is it the flower that is different in Brazil?

                                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                                    I've not seen the flower, just the fruit. I should keep an eye out :)

                            2. re: kitchengardengal

                              Youre right, it is a vine. I just took this pic

                               
                              1. re: kitchengardengal

                                There are many varieties of passiflora, it seems, but it looks more like the caerulea (more blue) than the incarnata (more purple).

                                Caerulea: http://www.google.com/search?q=Passif...

                                Incarnata: http://www.google.com/search?q=passif...

                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                  Sure looks like it, doesn't it? I love the crazy look of these flowers. They stink, though - not a pretty smell.

                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                    It's much prettier, too! Love the red seeds. I agree, it's the South American species.

                                2. Passion fruit. A friend in Pasadena has a huge passionfruit vine in her back yard. She makes delicious jelly from it every year.

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                                  1. re: judybird

                                    So is it made from unripe fruit?

                                    1. passionfruit. with a most beautiful bloom!