September 8th, 2014

Kiwifruit Presently enjoying a ripe sweet yellow kiwifruit from New Zealand. Wonderful colour and tropical taste loaded with healthy antioxidants of Vitamins B (folic acid) C & E. Also as a lawyer I find the story of kiwifruit fascinating starting from the 1920s when Hayward Wright first planted the Chinese Gooseberry in New Zealand where it thrived resulting in increased world export markets during the 1970s. This original “Hayward” variety had a brown fuzzy skin with a seedier tart green fruit. During the 1980s & 1990s increasing numbers of local growers fragmented the total production and with other countries such as Italy, Chile, Spain, France and South Africa entering into the picture as well there was severe price competition. The problem was that no one had registered a legal trademark for kiwifruit. A new cultivar “Hort16A” was developed in New Zealand and registered in 1996. Local growers in New Zealand got together in 1997 and formed a brand name for marketing called Zespri. In 1998 this new cultivar product was released called “Zespri Gold” which now is the current darling of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. Lovely right now during their June to October season either by itself or in a smoothie with a banana and fruit juice. Try one. I think you will enjoy it.

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September 8th, 2014

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