KIWI FRUIT, MONKEY PEACH, MI HOU
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,
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.
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).