varieties of hardy kiwi.
Most varieties of hardy kiwi "actinidia
arguta" originated in China. These vines produce a smooth-skinned fruit that
is the "no fuzz", "no peel" cousin of the traditional kiwifruit.
Photo by Kiwi Korners
twelve possibilities out of fifty varieties test trialed here...
Currently, only two meet our qualifications, and have made the
grade to kiwiberries.
variety has its own color, shape, size, and distinct flavor.
Unlike raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, that have
numerous cultivars - with like colors and flavor - hardy kiwi has a greater
dynamic range. The characteristics of each variety are unique in that they
have their own color, shape, size, and tropical taste.
Our goal was to develop our own varieties and management systems, and grow them
organically to produce a
fruit with higher sugar levels, optimized flavors,
and greater nutrient values.
We were the
first to utilize the name “KiwiBerries” in commerce in 1998, and continued to do
so through 2005.
In 2006 and
2008 New Zealand and the US Pacific Northwest respectively adopted the name "KiwiBerries".
Their berries are grown by conventional methods, not usually
sun-blushed (most are green), nor are they pesticide free.
They have also chosen to packaged
and market several different varieties together under
We believe that the varieties
have such a distinct difference, that they deserve to be labeled with individual
branded names. And that is the way we market them, Passion Poppers and
Aloha Annas, so you have the
opportunity to choose.
Due to their adoption of the name KiwiBerries, we have created our
new marketing name "KiwiBerry
Organics" to alleviate consumer confusion.