THE KIWI JOURNEY - FROM SEED TO STORE
Did You Know
It takes a lot of hard work and plenty of patience to bring the deliciousness of Zespri® Kiwifruit to your door. Fortunately, Zespri® has some of the best farmers working closely with us to make sure that every kiwifruit is packed full of life-enriching nutrients and lip-smacking flavor.
A lot of research and development went into making sure that our kiwifruit are of the highest quality with the most nutritional value. How does it go from humble seedling to a powerhouse superfood in your local grocery store?
Where Does Zespri Kiwifruit Come From?
Zespri growers now number just over 2,500 in New Zealand, over 150 in Italy, 800 in Japan, 130 in South Korea and around 50 in France. But the majority of Zespri kiwifruit comes from New Zealand. We talked about this process in a previous blog, "Where Are Zespri® Kiwifruit Grown?":
"The entire process can take up to five years of intensive care before the plants can produce enough fruit to harvest. Through the careful processes of our Zespri® System, our growers harvest around 3.7 billion kiwifruits per year with nearly 30,000 acres in production."
Why New Zealand?
New Zealand provides the ideal conditions for growing kiwifruit. Plentiful sunshine, rain and just the right amount of chill in the winter. Plus, the soil has to be premium. That means, perfectly fertile with just the right acid balance. The soil needs to be slightly acidic — but not too acidic!
Kiwifruit vines thrive in fertile, moist soils that are free draining and contain pH levels between 5.0 and 6.8. New Zealand's favorable temperate climate and volcanic soils produces ideal growing conditions, in an environment that growers respect and protect.