PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Hardy Kiwi

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Actinidia argute / Actinidiaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Tara vine

CONDITIONS: sun/partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

sweet

RAW/DRY/COOK

Summer

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

tap sap

sweet

 

Spring

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT: Fruit - sweeter than A. deliciosa, the kiwi fruit, the skin is smooth and can be eaten with the fruit. Highly esteemed according to one report whilst another says that they are insipid. The fruits are greenish-yellow or purple-red when mature and are about 2 to 3cm long. They contain a number of small seeds, but these are easily eaten with the fruit. The plant is rich in sap and this can be tapped and drunk in the spring.(1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  The fruit contains up to 5 times the vitamin C content of blackcurrants.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Actinidia+arguta
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actinidia_arguta
  3. https://ag.tennessee.edu/news/Pages/POM-2015-03.aspx