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Akebi Fruit Health Benefits

Akebi is a strange but beautiful fruit native to the north of Japan and has only been cultivated and available in stores only in recent years. The bitter skin of the fruit is fried and eaten and the leaves used as a tea substitute.

 

The empty pod is stuffed and deep fried. The fruit is also used to make wine.

 

The seed oil is used to make soap and as a vegetable oil. In fact the seeds are about 33% oil but on the bitter side.

 

Most folks spit them out particularly the Japanese who view seeds in any food unappealing.

 

The seeds, however, are edible. Typically, akebia fruit is harvested just before turning ripe, and then dried.

 

The seeds are usually left intact with the fruit for use in herbal remedies.

 

Akebia fruit should not be given to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

It is used to treat epigastric conditions such as a distended stomach and abdominal pain, along with amenorrhea and dysmenorrhoea.

 

It is something of minor food source that was foraged in the past when other more conventional food sources were scarce.

 

The pods contain a white, semi-translucent gelatinous pulp that is mildly sweet and full of seeds.

 

The taste is described as sweet but rather “insipid”. Some people recollect in idyllic terms how they foraged for it in the hills as children.

 

Since it is useful for health and a diet, let’s positively take especially during the diet on which nutritional balance collapses easily, although getting enough vitamin C can help keep your skin looking young.

 

Eating fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.

 

Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.

 

Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulitis.

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