Mini Kiwi Comes to Poland

Fruit Revolution?

Fruit Revolution?

Until recently, it was only encountered as a garden ornamental. Thanks to the research conducted by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), the first Polish plantation of Actinidia arguta, known as the mini kiwi, has been opened. Whereas the popular kiwifruit cannot survive harsh Polish winters, the Polish climate is ideal for Actinidia arguta, which can withstand even thirty degrees of frost. The berry-sized fruit, which is native to Eastern China, Japan, and Korea, has been hailed “the greatest discovery in fruit farming in recent years” by Dr Piotr Latocha from SGGW. Depending on the variety and growing conditions, mini kiwi can be either green or covered in red blush. “At first glance, it does not resemble a kiwi at all, but if we cut it in half we see that the seeds look just like a kiwi. Unlike the latter, however, mini kiwi has edible skin,” says Latocha, who has been researching Actinidia for over a decade and assures all potential consumers that the mini kiwi is a naturally cultivated species whose varieties are created using traditional methods of selection and crossbreeding. He adds that the mini kiwi ripens in Autumn, just in time to provide vitamins and minerals to boost the immune system.
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