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Chinese gooseberry, monkey peach, mi hou taoChinese gooseberry

Actinidia chinensis

KIWI FRUIT, MONKEY PEACH, MI HOU TAO

 

The Chinese gooseberry, mi hou tao (monkey peach), is also called teng li (vine or cane pear), yang tao (sheep peach) and mao li (hair pear). It is a vine which grows to 10 meters or more in length. The fruit is oval or ball-shaped and 30-50 mm long. The skin of the fruit is thin and yellow-brown or yellow-green, and covered in dusty-yellow fine hairs.

The flesh is soft and pale green, semi-translucent and containing a lot of juice. It has a fragrant smell and an acid-sweet flavor. Inside. are lots of small black-brown seeds. The fruit ripens at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Its nature is cool and it contains no poison.

The virtue of the fruit is that it can cool fever and encourage saliva, benefit the spleen and stop diarrhea. It contains abundant carbohydrate, vitamins B1 and C, organic acids, fat, phosphorous, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, fruit gum, actinidine, alkaline, etc.

APPLICATIONS
1. FEVER AND DRY THROAT; SUNSTROKE, EMACIATION AND THIRST. Take 30-60 grams of fresh fruit, discard the skin and eat. Do this 3 times a day.

 

2. URINE, RED AND PAINFUL WHEN URINATING. Take 30-60 grams of fresh fruit, crush and add one cup of warm boiled water. Strain to obtain the juice and drink 3 times a day.

3. VITAMIN C DEFICIENCY. Take 60 grams of fresh fruit, discard the skin and eat. Do this daily, morning and evening.

4. BURNING FEELING IN THE STOMACH WITH VOMITING. Take 90 grams of fresh fruit and 9 grams of fresh ginger, crush, squeeze out the juice and drink. Do this daily, morning and evening.

5. JAUNDICE DUE TO WETNESS AND HEAT. Take 60-120 grams of fresh fruit, 60 grams of fresh Japanese St. John's-wort (Hypericum japonicum), crush to obtain the juice and drink. Do this 3 times a day for 10 days.

6. INDIGESTION, LOSS OF APPETITE. Take 60 grams of teng li gan, add water and steam till cooked. Serve in the morning and again in the evening.

7. GASTROENTERITIS WITH DIARRHOEA. Take 30 grams of teng li gan stir-fry till it smells fragrant, add water and steam till cooked then serve. Do this daily, 3 times.

PREPARATION
TENG LI GAN. Take unripe fresh fruit, pour boiling water over then leave to soak. Dry in the sun or by the fire until properly dry. This is called teng li gan (cane pear dry).

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