Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:05
Originally China, Korea, Japan or all three, and the flesh within the fruit was sweet and very mild, like a pear or dragon fruit.
According to one search result, the rind of the fruit can be used as a vegetable, stuffed with other stuff and cooked, and the stems are loaded with potassium salts so a decoction of them will have a diuretic effect ... should you ever feel the need for something with a diuretic effect ... but I just sucked the seeds clean of juicy white flesh and spat them into some kitchen roll to be washed properly. AfaIk they're edible but I wanted to post them.
I think part of the difference between going through them when I took them and seeing them again on the forum is that I went through them about 1000 pixels high, and little details like the vein patterns in the leaves in the last two were a lot more obvious.
If you're thinking of growing one or two, be aware they're sun-lovers, so they're grow more on the sunnier south side of an east-west fence and won't get all verdant or flower until they find plenty of sunshine, and that they're inquisitive things, always feeling around for anything they can climb. Time-lapse footage of one exploring an area of knee- to waist-high tree stumps would be fascinating. Eventual height: 10m, if they find a way. They're not as bad as Lonicera japonica halliana for going to the sunny side. With that, I get brown twigs and a few leaves and next door gets a magnificent display. With the Akebia at least we're both getting to enjoy the plant. Their side's just more lush.