A commitment to growing quality kiwifruit and developing innovative orchard practices has attracted Dave and Julie Smith back to the land to tend to a struggling orchard and to build a home base for their large family. Watch the Smiths’ video.
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ZESPRI® Green Organic Kiwifruit
The North American organic retail market continues to grow, with fresh produce representing 40% of all organic food sales. Nearly 300 ZESPRI® ORGANIC Kiwifruit growers work in harmony with nature to grow fruit bursting with pure goodness.
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ZESPRI® Gold Kiwifruit
In the late 1970s, New Zealand Kiwifruit growers began experimenting with the natural development of a golden kiwifruit. Seeds were imported from China, where a female plant was chosen for its yellow flesh and excellent flavor and crossed with a male plant proven to produce large, succulent fruit.
ZESPRI® Green Kiwifruit
ZESPRI® GREEN Kiwifruit, or Hayward kiwi, was introduced to North America in the early 1960s. Originally from China, it was first known as the Chinese Gooseberry. Seeds were carried to New Zealand in 1904, cultivated into a commercial crop, and re-named for New Zealand's national bird, the Kiwi. ...
Zespri Kiwifruit – Beautiful, Versatile, and Delicious
While most people are familiar with kiwifruit, it may come as a surprise to find out that many have never experienced its delicious simplicity. Kiwifruit also looks as good as it tastes, and brings a bright green accent to every dish as a primary ingredient, savory accompaniment, or mouth-watering garnish.
Common green kiwifruit are about the size of a large egg, and have a thin fuzzy skin on the outside. When sliced open, a rich, bright green flesh is revealed, speckled with an array of tiny black seeds. Green kiwifruit have a tangy-sweet flavor, accentuated perfectly by the delicate crispness of the seeds. Kiwifruit are juicy and the flavor is refreshing, hinting at a delicate mix of strawberry, citrus, and melon.
Gold kiwifruit have a unique look that is all their own. These kiwifruit have a smooth skin and a hard pointed crown at one end. The flesh of a Gold kiwifruit is a bright sunny yellow, and the edible seeds range in color from brown to red. Gold kiwifruit tastes of the tropics, sweet and mellow, a delightful mix of mango and melon flavors.
SunGold kiwifruit are smooth like a gold kiwifruit but have the shape of a green kiwifruit. The flesh of a SunGold kiwifruit is a light yellow color and tastes of the tropics, mellow and juicy. Read more...
Many people wonder how to select a ripe kiwifruit at their local grocer. Ripe kiwifruit should be soft to the touch, similar to a ripe peach or avocado, but definitely not mushy. (For more information on selecting and storing kiwifruit, see below).
There are a number of ways to prepare fresh kiwifruit. Some people prefer to peel their kiwifruit with a paring knife before slicing it into separate pieces. When taking this approach your kiwifruit can then be carefully cut into various geometric shapes to bring flair and creativity to your food preparation.
For those who are eager to enjoy the sublime taste of a ripe kiwifruit, the whole fruit can be sliced in half and the flesh can quickly be scooped out with a spoon.
Kiwifruit’s subtle flavors make it versatile in the kitchen, as it compliments a wide array of culinary masterpieces. A simple fruit salad becomes extraordinary when kiwifruit is added to the equation, and a smoothie will become something special when added to the blender’s contents.
The unique color of kiwifruit makes it the perfect exclamation point to a variety of savory dishes. Imagine a succulent piece of wild Alaskan salmon punctuated by the emerald flesh of a sweet green kiwifruit. Indeed, the uses of kiwifruit are limited only by a chef’s imagination.
Kids love the versatile simplicity of the kiwifruit. The unique outer fuzziness of the kiwifruit stimulates their sense of touch, and the bright green and yellow colors appeal to their youthful aesthetic sensibilities. Best of all, kids love the taste of kiwifruit.
Kiwifruit affords parents the opportunity to get their kids started on a healthy lifestyle at a young age. Kiwifruit is nature’s candy, and is one your kids are certain to enjoy. Additionally, no fruit has more Vitamin C than kiwifruit!
Selecting and storing your Zespri Kiwifruit – Additional Information
Not everyone is a seasoned kiwifruit eater, so this information is designed to help you select fruit from your local produce vendor, and properly store them to retain their delicate flavors and textures.
First of all, when you are seeking the best quality kiwifruit you need to look for the Zespri Kiwifruit label. This will assure that you are getting the finest flavor and most consistent quality in your kiwifruit.
Once you’ve found our quality products you will want to choose kiwifruit that are plump and smooth skinned, free from wrinkles, bruises, or punctures.
Zespri Gold and SunGold Kiwifruit are usually ready to eat when purchased from your produce market. Gold and SunGold kiwifruit should be soft to the touch, like either a ripe peach or avocado. When ripe, kiwifruit should be stored in your refrigerator, which is appropriate since many people love the flavor of these fruits when chilled.
Zespri Green Kiwifruit may often be a bit too firm when purchased, necessitating home ripening. To accomplish this, simply leave your green kiwifruit at room temperature until it reaches your preferred level of ripeness, usually in three to five days. The firmer your green kiwifruit, the more tart it will taste – softer will be sweeter.
If you just can’t wait to eat that delicious kiwifruit you can place the whole fruit in a paper bag with either an apple or banana and keep them on your kitchen counter. These fruits produce natural ethylene gas, which accelerates the ripening of your favorite kiwifruit. So, ripe kiwifruits should be stored away from bananas and apples.
Once ripe, you may want to move your kiwifruit to the refrigerator to prevent them from spoiling.
Zespri Kiwifruit is committed to quality growing practices to ensure your kiwifruit is of the finest quality.
Take some time when selecting your kiwifruit to ensure you are getting the best quality product your money can buy. At Zespri Kiwifruit, our growers are dedicated to bringing you the best fruit possible and we are certain that you won’t be disappointed.