Also known as grenadille, you can often find whole fruits de la passion in the autumn and winter. It’s popular as an exotic flavoring for ice cream and other desserts. Passion flowers grow well in the south of France (and can take over if you aren’t careful) but they aren’t Passiflora edulis the kind that yield the edible fruit.
The name comes from early 18th-century missionaries in Brazil who used the flower, then known as the ‘flower of the five wounds’ (flor das cinco chagas) as an illustration of the passion of Christ.
Images by Hafiz Issadeen, Leonardo Ré-Jorge