Passiflora quadrangularis Giant Granadilla seeds
Passiflora quadrangularis Giant grandilla seeds,grenadine, Barbadine
Passiflora quadrangularis is a climbing shrub with common names such as Giant grandilla,grenadine, Barbadine, Giant tumbo and Badea. The plant’s synonyms include Passiflora grandiflora, Passiflora sulcata, Passiflora macrocarpa and Passiflora tetra. Passiflora quadrangularis is one of the species of Passiflora genus and Passifloraceae family known to produce the largest fruits than any other species of the same genus. The plant was originally from Neotropics and entire temperate regions of South America.
Passiflora quadrangularis is an evergreen medium size woody plant attaching itself to surrounding vegetation by means of coiling tendrils. It is strong and healthy species and can produce stems up to a height of 15 metres. The tendrils are pale green coiled and not branched. Giant grandilla leaves are always large purple or green. The flowers are scented, red with purple and white filaments surrounding it. The fruits are greenish to yellowish and the seeds are black. The plant is not self-fertile and it can grow best at heavy clay or medium loamy soils that are well drained.
Passiflora quadrangularis has a variety of uses, for example, the plant can be grown for ornamental purposes while others use it for its edible fruits and medicinal values it contains. The fruits can be eaten raw, cooked or used to make drinks. The fruit which is the largest in the genus has a melon-like flavor and the immature ones are used as a vegetable by steaming, boiling or adding to soups. The roots of old plants can also be useful since it can be baked or roasted to be eaten like yams. When roots or leaves are powdered and mixed with oil it can be externally used as southing poultice. This form can also be useful in the treatment of liver complaints. The plant's fruits are antiscorbutic and can be used to treat asthma, headaches, diarrhoea, insomnia, dysentery and neurasthenia.