Originally from Southeast Asia, the kiwi has gained popularity in the last 25 years. In the United States, commercial farmers grow kiwi plants in the South and along the West Coast. The sweet fruit is commonly available in grocery stores.
Kiwi plants have fast-growing, woody vines that can grow up to 24 feet long, 15 feet wide and 12 feet high.
The leaves are between 4 and 5 inches across. They are green, rounded and have fuzzy undersides.
The flowers are yellowish-white and about 1 inch in diameter. They appear on new shoots where the leaves meet the main vine stem.
The surface of the skin of a kiwi fruit is covered with tiny hairs reminiscent of a kiwi bird; hence, the name.
The fruit is egg-shaped and brownish green. The flesh is emerald green and shiny with many tiny dark brown seeds in the center. The taste is similar to a strawberry.
- All About Citrus & Subtropical Fruits; Ortho Books; 1985
- California Rare Fruit Growers
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