Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Schizandra chinensis


My Schizandra berries are just starting to ripen. They are sweet-tart and astringent with distinct, yet subtle bitters.

This beautiful vine, native to Asia, is a member of the Magnoliaceae family. It's probably best known as a traditional Chinese herb, commonly called "wu wei zi," which means five taste fruit. Just watching it grow in my gardens gladdens the heart and speaks to it celebrity as a heart tonic, though it has many traditional medicinal uses.

What do you have growing, blooming, ripening in your gardens?

3 comments:

manamoon said...

Oh what a beautiful blog you have! Found you through Rocki's blog. We have all sorts of goodies ripening in our garden, from melons to pumpkins, yum yum! All the best, Sharon

Walk in the Woods said...

Thanks Sharon! While I made the last post this blog is a shared blog with many contributors - and we all rock!

:)

Enjoy your garden!

Ruth said...

My Joe Pye Weed is in full bloom and the butterflies have been busy visiting these blossoms. Still harvesting basil, lemon balm, oregano, thyme & rosemary.