What is the origin of kiwifruit?
Zespri Green kiwifruit
What is the origin of the kiwifruit’s name?
Being of Chinese origin, kiwifruit originally had a Chinese name, yang tao. But when the fruit was first grown in New Zealand, their sweet/sharp flavour and green colour quickly earned them the nickname ‘Chinese Gooseberries.’ Gooseberries not being the most popular fruit, in 1959 it was decided to change the name to kiwifruit, after New Zealand’s national bird. Not many fruits are named after animals but, setting them side by side, they are both small, brown and fuzzy!
The origins of kiwifruits health benefits
The name of kiwifruit may have changed, but their nutritious deliciousness hasn’t! With Zespri Green kiwifruit, also known as Hayward, you are always guaranteed taste and freshness. Not only is the fruit high in vitamin C and antioxidants, but it is also a source of potassium and folate.