Although there are approximately 50 types of kiwi fruit, the commercially-viable varieties are typically categorized as green and gold. .
Most varieties are approximately 3 inches long and weigh about four ounces. The soft flesh is almost creamy in consistency, and has a uniquely invigorating taste reminiscent of strawberries, melons, bananas and honey.
Ounce-for-ounce, Kiwifruit is packed with more vitamin C than oranges, and the bright gold & green colors with tiny black seeds adds a dramatic tropical flair to any fruit salad.
California kiwifruit is available November through May, while the New Zealand crop hits the market June through October making fresh kiwis available year round.
Many commercial varieties are the work of New Zealand's preeminent fruit breeder Don Skelton, who has developed 40% of all Kiwifruit Plant Variety Rights (PVRs) worldwide. Don's varieties are popularly known by their prestigious brand names, such as KiwiKiss, First Gold, and Enza gold.
Don's work has produced varieties which benefit kiwifruit growers worldwide in many ways-
Today SNZI's kiwifruit varieties are grown on six continents, in 10 countries.
Our kiwifruit varieties undergo extensive trial tests. We maintain trial sites in Europe, Africa, Middle East, North and South America, and Australia.
The two most popular varieties of kiwifruit are Actinidia Deliciosa (green kiwifruit) and Actinidia Chinensis (gold kiwifruit).
Aside from the flesh color, golden kiwi are softer, sweeter, less hairy, and are known to fetch better prices than their green counterparts, such as the popular Hayward variety.
Kiwifruit is highly regarded for its exceptional nutrient content. Certain phytonutrients in kiwifruit assist in boosting energy, fightinging off disease, and lowering both blood pressure and cholesterol. It's tasty, low in calories and is an excellent source of antioxidants.
The nutrition benefits of kiwifruit include: