What Fruit Is This?




Hi folks

This fruit is growing on the vine-like hedge at Mrs HM's late mum's place.

When I picked it, the sap was milky white.  I brought it inside and cut it in half and it revealed a bright pink cavity inside but no seed. It reminded me of a fig ... but not.  The vine grows very fast, nearly weed-like.

Is it edible?  What is it?  Any of our gardeners out there .... a shove in the right direction would be greatly appreciated please.

Thanks in advance.

Mr HM

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  1. Hi Phil, Leaves would help identify it, but I think that it is an unripe ficus pumila, climbing or creeping fig.
    I do miss your posts on Homemakers Forum.
    NellieGrace

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  2. it could be a creeping fig vine. without the leaves to look at it could be hard to identify.

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    1. Yes it is - I ended up being able to identify it on google as ficus pumila

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  3. I have absolutely no idea! I tend to stay clear of anything with milky sap though. Meg

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  4. We have a similar looking one that grows in our area which is poisonous. Especially looking at the white sap I am thinking it is poisonous. Robynne

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  5. Fig family but not edible. See it growing on walls. Interesting thing about figs is that the flower is that pink part inside the fruit so a tiny insect crawls inside to gather the pollen/pollinate the flower.

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    1. Yes, I found it eventually - it is ficus pumila

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  6. Have absolutely no idea....

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  7. We have the same looking fruited vine with sticky sap (not one we grew, but one that encroached and is a mongrel to get rid of - very quick growing). I certainly wouldn't eat it as I too think it is poisonous - but perhaps some avid gardeners can help you.

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  8. It looks to be the fruit of the climbing fig: ficus pumila. The seeds in the fruit, are edible, but only after being processed in a special way. Avoiding the sap, is a good idea. So don't eat any part which has come in contact with it.

    Probably just best to look at and admire. :)

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    1. Absolutely correct - I managed to see it on google. What a menace of a plant.

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  9. gardening store or nursery could help maybe mr google now after some of the comments suggestions?
    looks wild & not so edible to me too
    thanx for sharing

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  10. OK folks - several of you were correct - it is ficus pumila. You see it growing up the walls of multistory buildings. It is very virilant and can easily take over a property unless tamed. It is actually wrecking the fence and starting to latch onto the brickwork. Time to sharpen the axe me thinks

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