Typical green kiwis are approximately as big as an
egg and feature brown, fuzzed skin on the exterior.
When you slice a fruit open, you will find flesh
which is bright green and dotted with a large amount
of small black seeds. Green kiwis have a
tangy-sweet, refreshing taste, a fusion of citrus,
strawberry, and melon.
More recent gold kiwis appear just a little
different on the exterior with a tough pointed crown
on one end and smooth skin. Its flesh is cheery
yellow, and the eatable seeds range from black to
red. Gold kiwifruit has a mellow and tropical-sweet
taste, a combination of melon and mango flavors.
Ripe and mature kiwifruit ought to be soft when handled,
same as a ripe avocado or peach, and can be served easily by
slicing the whole fruit in two and scooping out the
delicious meat with a spoon, or by adding it in your
preferred fresh fruit concoction, such as smoothies and
The various ways a kiwifruit can be served are
restricted only by the imagination.
Due to the uniqueness of the kiwifruit, it is always
a kid favorite, because for them it feels weird but
tastes good. Adults and teens who are health
conscious will like the fresh burst of nourishment
that comes with every gold or green bite.
Though an international market late-comer, the
Actinidia chinensis Planch or kiwifruit was once
placed in the Dilleniaceae family. It is now
separated in the family Actinidiaceae which has only
2 other genera.
The HortScience 1986 August issue announced that the
leading authority in China on this fruit has changed
the name of this stiff-haired fruit, in which the
included, to A. deliciosa (A. Chevalier) C.F. Liang et A.R.
Ferguson var. deliciosa, and has maintained A. chinensis for
the form which is smooth-skinned.
Yang Tao is the kiwifruit’s Chinese name which means
"strawberry peach". This name was replaced by Westerners
with Chinese Gooseberry, a term which describes its flavor
and flesh color.
Growers in New Zealand started calling it
"kiwifruit" in 1962 to render it more appeal on the
market, and this name has been universally
publicized and accepted in spite of the fact that it
is solely non-traditional and artificial. In 1974,
it was adopted commercially as the brand name. There
are some infrequently used slang names such as
monkey peach, Ichang gooseberry, and sheep peach.
This unusual species is indigenous to the provinces
of Szechuan, Hupeh, Fukien, and Kiangsi in northern
China’s Yangtze Valley and on eastern China’s coast
of Zhejiang Province. It was cultured in small
amounts at least three hunderd years ago, and yet
today a majority of the
thousand ton crop came from scattered wild vines in over
thirty three of the forty eight Zhejiang counties.
The plants can be seen going up high trees or, close to
Hupeh from Lung to Ping, rambling over low rocks or scrub
open to strong winds blowing northeast and bearing a lot.
The Chinese have not expressed any interest in tapping the
fruit. Due to the dense population, there is not much room
for industry expansion. However, test shipments of canned
kiwi fruits arrived in West Germany in 1980.