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Saturday, November 24, 2007


  • Common Name: Hardy Kiwifruit
  • Vernacular Name: Baby kiwifruit, Kiwi berry
  • Scientific Name: Actinidia arguta
  • Specimens From: USA
  • Specimens Weight: 6 gm (average weight per fruit)
Kiwifruit have been around since several centuries back, mostly growing wild in China but only in the early 20th century onwards, that New Zealand experimented it and began cultivating it on a large commercial scale.

Initially, they called it the "chinese gooseberry" because it came from China and it tastes similar to a gooseberry fruit (but it does not belongs to the gooseberry family). Once this fruit became popular, they renamed it to "kiwifruit". It is named after a type of bird, kiwi, which is ingenious to New Zealand.

Basically there are four common species. The 'emerald green' flesh, the 'golden yellow' flesh, the ' unusual red' flesh and this 'baby hardy' kiwi.

The name, 'hardy', applied to this vine fruits mainly because of its ability to withstand extreme, freezing temperature.

The hardy kiwifruit is the most expensive of the various types, due to its small sizes, but it is also the easiest to eat. Usually, it is about the size of a grape and it is green to purplish without the hairy fuzzy skin.

The whole fruit is edible, so don't bother peeling off its nutrient skin. The inside is exactly like the familiar, normal kiwifruit, just smaller in shape. It is sweeter than the normal kiwifruit and with virtually no traces of acidic taste.


morinn said...

I have never seen this fruit before! but it looks just like the kiwifruit on the inside!

Mom Knows Everything said...

I've never had this type of kiwi before. It looks like regular kiwi without the furry skin.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Kiwi! Yum! I've never tasted the golden or red fleshed ones yet but kiwi are hardy and I think we can grow them in Michigan.

Hugs, JJ


Kim said...

hi Fruity
we have the ones with the furry skin which we juice.....very high in vitamin C

KML said...

These are just little ones - we only have the furry ones that are larger. I would love to see the red ones!

Serena said...

I didn't take to Kiwi fruit, not sure why. Perhaps my first taste of the fruit was sour and I didn't like it already.

About Tamil or Bollywood dancing and singing, I guess it is all part of the culture. I love the movies because of the songs and dances more than the acting itself. :D


JANET said...

I see kiwi in the store, but have never tried it. You are really educating us about fruit!

Anonymous said...

I was in US a couple of weeks ago and had one of those - tasted lovely :-)

Karin W. said...

Kiwi fruit is packed with vitamin C. I wonder if this hard one is too. Sounds really good to be able to eat the skin.

Swaruchy said...

I love Kiwis.....The photos are fabulous as ever :-)

Nice one dear :-)

Fruity said...

Thank you to all, for all your comments. This baby kiwifruit is packed with vitamins and it is not sour at all.
Cheers from Fruity

Anonymous said...

hey fruity
i love your fruit

Anonymous said...

délicieux , et si riche en vitamine C, très cultivé maintenant dans ma région, Béarn et Landes, sud ouest de la France,
nous en consommons beaucoup, Françoise

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on this gorgeous fruit .

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