09 Juni 2010

Giant granadilla

The Giant Granadilla, Giant Tumbo or Badea (Spanish pronunciation), Passiflora quadrangularis, is the largest of the passionfruits, plants of the genus Passiflora. It is a perennial native of tropical America, having smooth, cordate, ovate or acuminate leaves; petioles bearing from 4 to 6 glands; an emetic and narcotic root; scented flowers; and a large, oblong fruit, containing numerous seeds, imbedded in a subacid edible pulp.

The badea is sometimes grown in greenhouses. The fruits of several other species of Passiflora are eaten. P. laurifolia is the Water lemon, and P. maliformis the Sweet calabash of the West Indies.

The fruit juice of the badea is used as a beverage.

It is known as Barbadine in Trinidad. A tea is made from the leaves which is used for high blood pressure and diabetes. A drink and ice-cream are made from the fruit.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_granadilla
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