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Kiwifruit

Similar Names
Actinidia deliciosa
Chinese gooseberry
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China
0592 Kiwi fruit
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$ 2.74 per kg
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Aug, 2019
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Aug 19
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-The kiwi is native to the Yangtze River valley of northern China and Zhejiang Province on the coast of eastern China. The first seeds were brought out of China by missionaries to New Zealand at the turn of this century. Early nurserymen in New Zealand, such as Alexander Allison, Bruno Just, and Hayward Wright, recognized the potential of the fruit and it soon became a popular backyard vine. Several plants were sent to the Chico Plant Introduction Station in California and exist to this date. In addition to New Zealand and California, kiwifruit is also grown commercially in such areas as Italy, South Africa and Chile.

-The oval, ovoid or oblong fruit is up to 2-1/2 inches long, with russet-brown skin densely covered with short, stiff brown hairs. The flesh, firm until fully ripe, is glistening, bright green or sometimes yellow, brownish or off-white, except for the white, succulent center from which radiate many fine, pale lines. Between these lines are scattered minute dark-purple or nearly black seeds, unnoticeable in eating. The flavor is sweet/tart to acid, somewhat like that of the gooseberry with a suggestion of strawberry.

- The most common species include Hayward (Actinidia deliciosa) Hardy Kiwi (A.arguta, A. kolomikta), Chinese Egg Gooseberry (A. coriacea), Red Kiwi (A. melanandra), Silver Vine (A. polygama), Purple Kiwi (A. purpurea).

-Fresh kiwi works well in many recipes including cocktails, gazpachos, meat dishes, salads, salsas, smoothies and more. Kiwi has been processed into products such as baked goods, candies, ice cream, jam, juice, puree, popsicles, as well as beauty products. Kiwi also freezes well, retaining much of its flavor (CA Kiwifruit Commission – Freezing Kiwifruit, n.d.).

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