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06 Sep
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COMMON NAME: Akebia, Chocolate Vine

LATIN NAME: Akebia Quinata

ORIGIN: East Asia

HABITAT: In the wild, Acabia Quinata grows in China, Japan and Korea, sometimes can be found in Australia and North America.


Chocolate Vine (lat. Akebia Quinata) is a species of dicotyledonous plants belonging to the genus Akebia (lat. Akebia) of the Lardizabal family (lat. Lardizabalaceae).

Akebia Quinata is a climbing vine, which is able to reach up to 3 meters in height. The annual branches are finely grooved, smooth, shiny, pale purple in color. Leaves are long-leaved, palmate, dense, leathery, glabrous, dark green above and much lighter below.

Flowers on thin pedicels exude a pleasant aroma and have beautiful purplish brown color.

The fruits of Akebia Quinata are no more than 8 centimeters, ovate-oblong, fleshy, of purple-violet color, with a glossy coating, revealing along the abdominal suture. The seeds of the plant are numerous, small, black, arranged in several rows, immersed in the pulp of the fruit.


It is known that Akebia stems contain gederagenin, sucrose, potassium salts, betulin, akebosides, inositol, oleanolic acid, stigmasterol, daucosterol.

The fruits of the plant contain vitamin B1, B2, B6, vitamin E, ascorbic acid, phosphorus, iron, zinc, manganese, sodium, potassium, oleic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid.



Despite the fact that in Japan the fruits of Akebia are actively consumed, this specific fruit has a number of contraindications.

Should not be consumed by people with diabetes, as the fruits of the plant contain a lot of sucrose.

It is not recommended to use Chocolate Vine if you have any individual intolerance to plant components.

Do not consume Akebia Quinata with gallstone disease.

Avoid consuming it in case of kidney disease.


The champion for growing Akebia is the Japanese city of Yamagata. In 2006, the fruits of chocolate lianas were harvested here, which exceeded half the crop of the whole country by weight.

In China, Chocolate Vine is very common and literally grows in every garden. This is due to the local population love for this type of landscape design. Even the Chinese peasants shacks look more presentable being twined with these vines.

Chinese craftsmen have long learned to make baskets from Akebia. This craft is still popular up to these days.

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