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What’s the Difference Between Green and SunGold™ Kiwifruit?

While green kiwifruit is the long-standing, well-known kiwi classic, here are some details about how it compares to its yellow fruit cousin — Zespri® SunGold™.


Visually, you’ll see a fairly striking difference between Green and SunGold™ varieties. The green kiwi has a fuzzy brown skin and oval shape. SunGold kiwifruit, in contrast, has smooth, hairless skin that’s a nice golden-brown colour.

Slicing the fruit in half reveals even more differences. Green kiwifruit has, as one would expect, a green flesh with black seeds. The flesh of our golden kiwifruit is a vibrant yellow colour with a smaller core and fewer seeds.


Zespri® grows for taste, so you can be sure you’re getting the best-tasting kiwifruit no matter what Zespri® variety you choose! Green kiwifruit has a fresh, tangy-sweet taste. Zespri® SunGold™ kiwifruit has a totally different taste than the green kiwifruit. The SunGold kiwi, which is unique to Zespri®, has that tropically sweet taste. Cutting in half and scooping out the flesh with a spoon is one of the easiest ways to enjoy them. Without the fuzz on the skin, some people are eating this sun-kissed variety just like they would an apple!

Ripening and Storage

Zespri® SunGold™ is usually ripe and ready to eat when you buy it and gets sweeter as it softens. Zespri® Green Kiwifruit can be firmer when purchased, so it is important to let them ripen at room temperature. A ripe kiwi should give to slight pressure like a peach or an avocado. Once kiwifruit is ripe, it can be kept in the refrigerator – about a week for Green Kiwifruit and about 2 weeks for SunGold Kiwifruit.

Want to slow down the ripening process? Simply keep your green or SunGold kiwifruit in the fridge, separated from other fruit. If you need to speed up the ripening process, all kiwifruit variants can be stored at room temperature, in a paper bag with other fruit — like bananas or apples.