The ripe fruits are edible raw or cooked and have a pear-like flavor. When dried, they look just like raisins. The fruit is sweet and can be used in candies or to make a honey substitute. It can also be made into juice or fermented to make wine and vinegar.
Long known to eastern medicine the Japanese Raisin Tree is cultivated worldwide. Medicinal uses (do your own research) include:
managing liver diseases
fighting parasitic infections
stabilizing blood sugar levels
How to Grow:
Scratch seed coat with sandpaper or an emory board
soak seed for 3 days in water, changing daily
place seed in a ziploc bag with a damp paper towel and put in refrigerator for 2 months
sow in flats or a pot and wait for germination. This can take up to 6 months, do not allow to dry out. Germination may happen sooner
prick out seedlings and grow out in individual pots until large enough to plant outside.