Passionfruit – Passion of the flesh? or Is there more to it?

 

“Passion refers to the crucifixion,not the pleasures of the flesh. The missionaries who accompanied the conquistadors to South America saw in this flower a sign to the native peoples of the truth of Christ.  The ten petals and sepal represent the apostles present at the crucifixion,the halo of filaments represents the Crown of Thorns, five anthers the five wounds, the three stigmas the nails that pierced the hands and feet, the coiled tendrils the whips.” (Source: The Complete Book of Fruit Growing in Australia by Louis Glowinski)

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