Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Pagan Eye: Tempting Fruit


With the weather getting cooler and the evenings drawing in, it seems summer is coming to an end, but I feel ready for autumn and love the time when fruit can be found drooping from branches by the wayside. The fruit in this picture isn't available for wild foraging, however. It is growing on the front wall of a house near where I live, hanging over the doorway and windows. If I was a kid I might be tempted to do some scrumping, but as I am law-abiding I just snuck into the garden to take this photo.

Mind you, I am not exactly sure what the fruit is. It looks a bit like Mirabelle plum, but that grows on trees rather than on a wall-climbing plant. The leaves are longer than plum leaves and the fruit looks slightly more elongated too. I'd be very grateful if anyone who recognises it could let me know by leaving a comment below this post. Otherwise I might just have to sneak back into that garden and commit fruit theft to investigate further...

My Pagan Eye posts show photos that I find interesting - seasonal images, pagan sites, events, or just pretty pictures. If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to badwitch1234@gmail.com Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/07/pagan-eye-blackberries-and-barbed-wire.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/06/pagan-eye-cheeky-vegetable.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/05/pagan-eye-passion-flower-on-garden-wall.html

7 comments:

Sophie Mason said...

That's a passion flower that's gone to fruit. Not the edible kind unfortunately (unless you are a wasp or a beetle in which case you're going to love it when the fruit starts falling off the vine)
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Sophie Mason said...

Sorry, I stand corrected by the info at the very link I posted - apparently you *can* eat the fruit when properly ripe, but not when yellow - I had one in my garden for years and the fruit never went any colour but yellow, mind.

Badwitch said...

Oh brilliant! Thanks for letting me know. I love passion flowers. Researching further, I see that when they are ripe they go purple - and in fact I'm pretty sure I have eaten a ripe one in the past.

vintagescarfgirl said...

Definately passionfruits, not v tasty either but the wasps seem to like it; not like the passionfruits you get in the supermarket at all...!

Badwitch said...

Thanks for the advice! I found this blog about trying to cook with them: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/going-local-passion-flower-fruit.html I do now realise that they rarely ripen enough to be edible in the UK :(

Sarah said...

Oh my that looks like it's just begging to be liberated from its vine! I'm saddened that it's rarely ripe enough to be edible, but it's a feast for the eyes, if not the belly.

Badwitch said...

Sarah - I agree!