Actinidia arguta (acute)



Curly liana, climbs the tree to a height of 25-30 m, i.e. to the top of the crown. The stems are light gray, up to 10-15 cm thick, occasionally up to 18-30 cm, with flaky bark. The leaves are shiny, broadly oval, pointed, with needle-like edges, light or dark green. The flowers are white, on thin pedicels, drooping. Blooms in July. The fruits are large (from 1.5 to 3 cm long), spherical, juicy, green, edible, ripen in October.

Distributed in the Far East – in the south of Primorsky Krai – in broad-leaved cedar-hornbeam forests.

The fruits contain a large amount of ascorbic acid, carotene, sugar. Edible fresh and processed.

In folk medicine, the fruits of acute actinidia are used as an antiscorbutic and antihelminthic agent (1-2 cups of berries on an empty stomach).

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