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Schisandra grow in most part of China. Those from northern areas of China called Northern Wu Wei Zi, and from the south-eastern of Yang Zi River named Southern Wu Wei Zi instead. They are collected in the fall time when the fruits are matured. The fruits can be used raw or processed with vinegar or honey.
Schisandra is a woody vine with numerous clusters of tiny, bright red berries. It is found throughout northern and northeast China and the adjacent regions of Russia and Korea. The fully ripe, sun-dried fruit is used medicinally. It has sour, sweet, salty, hot, and bitter tastes. This unusual combination of flavors is reflected in schisandra’s Chinese name wu-wei-zi, meaning “five taste fruit.”