One of the healthiest fruits equivalent to ginseng with adaptogen like properties for increasing mental and physical stamina.
Tested extensively in Russia and considered important enough to be included with many types of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Seed extracts used as well. Our plants are self-fertile with fruits produced in long clusters which ripen in the autumn.
In China, the young leaves are boiled and eaten as a vegetable.
The fruit makes a sweetish/tart drink, which is rich in antioxidants and compounds that improve and protect your liver.
Plants grow rapidly, yielding fruit in 3-5 years. As with grapes, use a strong fence or trellis system. Shade-tolerant working well in a forest garden situation.
The height depends on method of growing, but that said it can grow to 30m in the wild.