THE HISTORY OF ZESPRI SUNGOLD KIWI FRUIT
Did You Know
Kiwifruit has a history as rich as its taste is delicious — all thanks to talented visionaries, like New Zealand’s Isabel Fraser, Alexander Allison, and Hayward Wright, among others.
But how did the kiwi go from green to gold?
In 1904, Isabel Fraser, headmistress of the Wanganui Girls’ College, brought kiwifruit seeds back to New Zealand from her sister’s mission station in China’s Yangtze Valley. These seeds made their way to horticulturist, Alexander Allison.
In fact, the first kiwifruit vines were recorded as bearing fruit on Alexander Allison’s property, south of the girls’ college in Wanganui, the very next year.
Watch how kiwifruit is grown:
Another Breakthrough; a New Name
The person responsible for the start of the kiwifruit industry as we know it, is Hayward Wright and his exceptional green thumb. In 1928, Hayward developed and commercialized the variety of kiwi with the familiar green-flesh.
In some circles, the green-variety kiwifruit is referred to as the “Hayward” variety even today!