Kiwifruit are generally available all year round with their best value being from March to June. A large proportion of kiwifruit sold in Australia from July to December is imported from New Zealand.
Kiwifruit occur naturally in China in the forests of the Yangtze River Valley. However, they’ve been grown in other countries since the start of this century, but the greatest development occurred in New Zealand where growers obtained plants and were able to develop commercially. To assist in marketing their name was changed to kiwifruit.
The majority of kiwifruit comes from New Zealand, but they are also grown in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Select those of us which are plump, large and oval in shape. If they yield to gentle pressure they’re ripe.
Kiwifruit are high in vitamin C, with 100g of kiwifruit having one and half times as much vitamin C as the same quantity of orange. They are also a good source of vitamin E.
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