Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Yangmei (A-to-Z challenge 2015)

Hello and welcome to a new fruity post for the A-to-Z challenge. Today we will be talking about a Chinese fruit, the yangmei, also known as Myrica rubra, which doesn't ring much bell with me personally. I know it more under the name of Chinese strawberry so I guess once again we are dealing with a berry. Maybe it would have been fun to see if I could come up with an A-to-Z berry only... or maybe it would have been a lot of trouble. In Japan, they all it yamamomo (mountain peach) which also work for a Y. I guess I picked up the right fruit for today. 

Even if called Chinese strawberry, the Yangmeis don't grow on the tiny bush like the strawberries do, instead they grow on a tree that can reach 10 to 20 meters high but without a large root system which sounds economic in space but kind of dangerous, I mean 60cm deepness for roots when you go has high as 20 meters sound scary. Let's learn a new word, you wanna learn a new word? Well this tree is dioecious! Told you this was going to be fun. Well, dioecious means that it has male and female as separated individuals, bet we can say that the human species is dioecious which gives biparental reproduction. Now for animal that's not uncommon but it's a bit more for trees (6-7%). I mean normally you have one seed that falls on the floor and with enough water and nutrition there pouf, you have a baby tree. For the dioecious plants however, you need transportation of pollen.

This fruit is commercialized  as a brand named Yumberry (still works for my Y). There are two type of Yangmei, the sour type from which you can make dry fruits and the sweet type used for juice. Yangmeis are also used as liquor, for flavor in yogurt as jam or dye.

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like raspberries. I'd put them in the blender for an early day smoothie.

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Co-Host
    X is for Xenoglossy