Kiwi Questions

Where are Zespri Kiwifruit grown?

Zespri grown in New Zealand is available from May – October. Zespri grown in Italy is sometimes available November – May. If you want to be ensured of consistently great-tasting fruit, look for the Zespri label.

Can I eat the skin of kiwifruit?

Yes, the skin is edible on both varieties. The SunGold Kiwi has no hair which makes it easier to bite into like an apple. Be sure to rinse your kiwi first

Can I cook with kiwifruit?

Of course! See our delicious recipes for inspiration.

Here are a few tips: 1) Kiwi flesh is soft so it is recommended that you add later when cooking certain dishes like a stir-fry. 2) Green kiwi contains an enzyme called actinidin, which breaks down protein. If you add kiwi to protein rich dishes such as dairy and meat, it begins to breakdown the protein. Be sure to serve these types of dishes soon after preparation. This enzyme is the reason Green Kiwi works well as a meat tenderizer. Actinidin is also great for digestion after a heavy meal. 3) When pureeing kiwi be sure to stop processing before the seeds are crushed. Crushed seeds can lend a slightly bitter flavor to your dish.

Also, there is an enzyme in the Green Kiwifruit that acts as a meat tenderizer. Simply slice or mash up a Green Kiwifruit and place it on your meat before you cook it!

How do I know when a kiwifruit is ripe?

Generally, speaking, when a kiwifruit yields to slight pressure, like an avocado or peach, it is ready to eat. SunGold Kiwifruit may be ready to eat when you purchase them so, after you bring them home, just put them in the refrigerator. They taste sweeter when softer.

Remember, if you don’t want the kiwifruit to ripen further, put it in your refrigerator. You should be able to store it for 1–2 weeks.

What’s the easiest way to eat a kiwifruit?

Eating a kiwifruit is super easy! Just cut in half and scoop out the fruit with a spoon.

Is it spelled “kiwifruit” (one word) or “kiwi fruit” (two words)?

Here at Zespri, we refer to the fruit as “kiwifruit” one word, but both kiwi and kiwifruit are ok.

Does Zespri also sell organic kiwifruit?

Yes, in addition to conventionally grown Green and SunGold Kiwifruit, Zespri grows Organic Green and SunGold Kiwifruit.

What does Zespri mean?

Zespri is a brand, like Sunkist and Dole. It represents the energy and vitality found in our kiwifruit. Over 2,500 kiwifruit growers own Zespri International. Kiwifruit is a huge part of the New Zealand economy and Zespri growers are committed to sending only the best fruit to North America. If you want assurance of the highest quality, look for the Zespri label and request it from your retailer.

I’m allergic to Green kiwifruit. Will I have the same problem with SunGold?

There is an enzyme specific to Green Kiwifruit that causes allergic reactions in some people. You might not have the same issue with SunGold, but we recommend that you check with your doctor before trying it.

Are there allergies to kiwis?

Yes, a small number of people are allergic to Green Kiwifruit.  The reactions vary from mild to severe. In a very few severe cases, treatment by a doctor or a hospital may be necessary, particularly in young children.  Other symptoms include marked swelling and itching of lips and tongue within a few minutes of eating kiwifruit. Itchy nose and eyes may also be experienced.  The symptoms usually disappear within 30 minutes. Consult your doctor for more information.

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Zespri Kiwifruit is available at retailers all across the United States and Canada.

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