|Liliko'i hedge, with heliconia leaves sticking up, |
and some large chayote squash vines for good measure.
There's a large liliko'i (passionfruit) hedge along our neighbor's fence line... which is slightly uphill, and the lilikoi has been climbing over the heliconia, over the ti leaf plants, and climbing now up to the kitchen window, where we put up a bamboo rod along the outside of the window.
Continue reading about the vine that swallowed our house, green liliko'i, and liliko'i hunting...
|Liliko'i continuing from the fence line, on top of ti leaf plants and heliconia, |
making its way to the kitchen window and the roof. DH is up on a ladder clearing the gutter, and being attacked by vicious vines.
It's created a dense lilikoi thicket with heliconia flowers peering out and chayote squash clambering over it. Lilikoi is invasive, but one forgives it because the fruit is so yummy. A sweet and tart flavor, nothing quite like it. There's also Jamaican lilikoi, which has a perfume-y sweetness, but I prefer the common sour sweet variety. Even the rats like it. They have been chewing into the lilikoi and sucking out the pulp.
|Those darn rats are chewing on the first liliko'i of the season!|
We have to duck walking along the side of the house, because the lilikoi is so thick, it's threatening to engulf the narrow passageway.
|"Underneath" the liliko'i hedge (the one moving toward the kitchen window). |
Heliconia flowers and red ti leaf seeds are woven with the vines.
|Fresh fallen liliko'i among the heliconia stalks and fallen leaves, |
like hunting for Easter eggs.
This morning, I cut back some of the brown heliconia stalks, cleared some of the old lilikoi vines, and cleared other leaves that got woven in between the lilkoi shoots. Maybe we'll put up a post to prop up the lilikoi better, so the fruit doesn't hit our heads as we walk by.
|After clearing the old vines (which die back) and old heliconia stalks (which also die after flowering), the fruit is revealed. It's pretty hard fruit, so it can hit your head if you're not careful.|
|Freshly harvested liliko'i, off the ground. |
The green fruits are super tart. I no longer recommend using them as substitutes for lemon juice since I've read now that unripe passion fruit can have cyanide (present as cyanogenic glycosides)! (I imagine it would take eating a lot of unripe lilikoi to get poisoned, but still yet...By the way, cyanide is also present in apple seeds. I've heard you have to chew about a cup of apple seeds to get sick.)
|The base of the liliko'i vine. |
For months, I couldn't find where the plant had started,
and realized one day I was staring at it.
|Anole lizard on the papaya trunk.|