ABOUT KIWI FRUIT

Actinidia deliciosa

Despite the name Kiwi, they are not native to New Zealand at all, but actually came from China (eastern Asia). In China they were called Chinese gooseberry. Those clever New Zealanders renamed them and began exporting them all over the place.

DESCRIPTION

Checking in at about half the size of a chicken's egg, with brown, slightly furry skin. Flesh is bright green and holds a ton of black seeds- all edible. The skins are also very smooth making it unnecessary to peel them.

CULTIVATION

Kiwi fruits are not hard to grow, and might even be considered as being very vigorous. The Hardy Kiwi should survive winters (zones 7 - 9).They need a sunny area and lots of room for the vines to grow, including some sort of trellis or support. A quite popular small fruit because it is one of the hardiest and because it bears both male and female flowers, allowing for easy fruit production.

CULTIVARS

Issai Kiwi fruit is self fertile and is hardy, growing in Climate Zone 7 - 9. There are many cultivars of Kiwi known to exist.
Over 70% of the entire world-wide production of kiwifruit is in Italy, New Zealand, and Chile.

Issai is a self-fruitful variety that will grown in our Zone 8.