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giant Granadilla

The Giant Granadilla, (Passiflora quadrangularis), is the largest of the passion-fruits, plants of the genus Passiflora. It is a perennial native of Tropical America.

The pleasantly aromatic, melon-like fruit is oblong-ovoid, it has a thin, delicate skin, greenish-white to pale or deep-yellow, often blushed with pink. Beneath it is a layer of firm, mealy, white or pink flesh. The central cavity contains sweet-acid arils (commonly referred to as the pulp), enclosing brown seeds.

The flesh of the ripe fruit is so bland that it needs added flavoring. The pulp (arils) yields a most agreeable juice for cold drinks. The young, unripe fruit may be steamed or boiled and served as a vegetable.

The root of old vines is baked and eaten in Jamaica as a substitute for yam.

Also known as "parcha".

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