Plums in a high point of the tree couldn't be reached. I recalled a tool made more than 20 years ago. At that time I was used to go forest to pick wild fruits, especially Akebia quinata and Akebia trifoliata.
The tool is a fishing rod with a net on the top. It extends up to 15 feet.
|A ripe plum is covered with net.|
|Pull the rod, and the plum is got. It's quite easy!|
|Twenty plums are harvested.|
Pictures below were shot in the ravine forest in early 2000s. We had been there every autumn to harvest akebi fruits.
|My wife is getting akebi by using the fully extended tool.|
|Akebi tastes sweet.|
|A wild species of Akebia trifoliata|
|A cultivar variety of Akebia trifoliata, pure purple.|
|Wild species is much more beautiful than a cultivar.|
When we visited the Netherlands in 1996 with our sons, I saw a old akebi plant at Leiden Botanical Garden, which is brought by Philipp Franz von Siebold in the middle of the 19th century. He was a German physician and botanist. He taught some Japanese Western medicine in Nagashaki, Japan.
|Dr. Siebold (from Wikipedia)|