A breathtaking, intricate bloom that looks like it pirouetted out of a fairy tale. Meet the Passionflower, our native Passiflora incarnata.
Passionflower may well be most known for its calming and soothing nature. Helping to ease anxiety and insomnia, to let you drift into a peaceful slumber.
It also has pain-relieving properties in addition to being a remedy for menstrual cramps and pms. It works its magic through a compound called chrysin which is believed to be anti-inflammatory. It’s best used medicinally in the form of teas and tinctures. The tea is tranquility in a cup, the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
The flowers transform into the fruit known as maypop. It’s a sweet, tropical burst of flavor. A rare treat for the tastebuds that ripens in late summer to early fall. It falls from the vine when it’s ripe. Nature’s sign its ready to savor.
The leaf of the passionflower vine is also edible both raw and cooked. It can be added raw to salads, sautéed, in soups or stews. The edible flowers can transform salads or desserts into a gorgeous aesthetic delight.
Next time you come across a passionflower you’ll know you have a botanical ally. It’s a healer, soother, culinary delight all rolled into one.
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