Passion Fruit & Other Colorful Berries and Stuff...
Ok, as far as I personally am concerned these are edible plants, that doesn't mean it's edible by everyone...lots of food allergies out there these days.
One plant that I like a lot, and that happens to be abundant here in the southeast Tennessee region...being the state flower and all, (plus having an entire river valley named after it)...is Passion fruit, or Passiflora Incarnata. It's known by other colloquial names, one of which is may-pops, I think because the flowers may just pop open while you are looking at the pods, which is really cool to see. The Native Americans of this area called the flowers Ocoee and named the Ocoee River Valley after them.
It has a distinctive tri-lobed leaf
This shows pretty much the entire evolution from pod to fruit
The pods start out really tiny and get bigger and bigger till they pop open then are pollinated and the fruit develops, and then ripens. The fruit here wasn't completely ripe but close.
Still lots of briers, but some of the blackberries are looking, and tasting, really good.
Some are looking pretty rough.
Some of the Queen Anne's lace is looking pretty rough too.
The garlic is still easy to spot.
Lastly, autumn olive in various stages of ripeness, even the ripest looking is still far too tannic to eat.
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