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Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

Posted by milehighgirl CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 25, 13 at 13:21

From what I've been reading it seems that akebia are very easy to grow, hardy, beautiful, fragrant, and produce edible gelatinous pulp around the seeds. Why is it not more popular among hobby fruit growers?


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

My guess is that Akebia fruits do not have much of a flavor. They are sweet but bland. They are easy to grow and get to fruit if you have at least 2 different vines and the vine is attractive both in flower and fruit. But it can be quite invasive so be careful where you plant. It can take over everything around it if not pruned regularly.


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

Bingo, Shane11! Invasive!


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

How does it become invasive? Is it through root suckers similar to Virginia creeper or through seeds?


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

The fruit may be hard to process for just the edible pulp.


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

When I was at One Green World one Fall day a couple of years ago,I saw it growing along some fences on the grounds.It's fruit looked strangely beautiful as it opened up.I had to ask one of the workers passing by what it was,because it was new to me.
It was one of their Harvest Festival days and there was a room with different kinds of fruit to sample.Akebia was one of them.After trying it,I made a decision right away not to grow it.The flavor was odd,like what shane wrote about. Brady


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

  • Posted by skyjs z8 OR, USA (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 26, 13 at 1:21

I agree with Brady and Shane. Bad taste.

By the way, anyone who is near Portland in the Fall at one of their harvest days should go. You can try all kinds of unusual fruit there for free, then decide if you want to buy the tree.
John S
PDX OR


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

The vine doesn't produce many fruits at all, even with 2 cultivars side by side. The few that develop - well, let's just say Kleenex sweetened with sugar describes the (complete lack of) flavor.


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

I'm so glad I asked before jumping in! Thank you all for your input.


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

I got a pair about five years ago, they are very ornamental and the fragrance of the flowers is unique and quite nice. Other than growing like a normal, vigorous vine I don't notice any invasiveness, they aren't sending our runners and I don't see any seedlings sprouting anywhere. The fruit is not worth eating, I definitely think of mine as ornamental and not edible. The fruits are bizarre looking and the pulp is almost tasteless, gelatinous goo filled with seeds.


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RE: Why isn't akebia (chocolate vine) more popular?

Akebia seems to be much more invasive in a humid climate like the east. When they bloom, they are lovely and then they are just a green vine. The fruit is nothing too terrific. Seedy, lightly sweet slime is my take on them. They are okay if you have one but probably not worth pursuing if you do not.


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