Fruit Matatabi (Fully ripened
In Abashiri, they call the fully ripened fruit of silver
vine Fruit Matatabi. It is also registered as a special product.
Silver vine belongs to Actinidia of Actinidiaceae, which is
the same as kiwi fruit. It is a climbing deciduous shrub that
grows naturally on lower mountains and can be seen everywhere
in Japan. In early summer, it has white blossoms. When it
ripens, it has 2.5 to 4cm long, acorn?shaped, yellow fruit.
In the case of cultivation, they wait until October and November.
When white stripes appear on the fruit, they harvest it. It
is said that it has five times as much Vitamin C as kiwi fruit
and strawberry. In 1985, Abashiri Agricultural Cooperative
purchased about thirty thousand Hon Matatabi from Niigata
Prefecture and began growing it. Since 2003, Abashiri Farm
Products Processing Institute has developed Matatabi Puree
and Matatabi Dried Fruit. The company sells foods in which
these products are used. Today, there are five hundred fully
ripened silver vines growing at five different locations.
At the most, they harvest 500kg every year.