Fruit & Plant

The Kiwiberry

About the Kiwiberry

The kiwiberry (Actinidia arguta) is a species of kiwifruit that produces convenient and nutritious bite sized fruit with edible skins and an appealing sweet, aromatic flavour. It is a relative of the common green kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) and gold kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) that occurs naturally in Siberia, eastern Russia, Korea, Japan, and throughout much of China. One of the main advantages of the kiwiberry is its tolerance to cold winter temperatures up to at least -25°C, which makes that it can thrive in temperate climates.

Commercial production of this crop is relatively new, with currently about 55 ha of kiwiberries planted in the United States, 40 ha in New Zealand, smaller commercial plantations in Chile, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, and several small initiatives in other countries.

With the support of our partners, the Faculty of Biosciences and Landscape Architecture at the University College Ghent in Belgium was able to introduce the commercial production of the kiwiberry in Flanders in 2006. Since then, we have been building up and sharing our expertise resulting in various industrial partnerships, the development of supporting research projects and a growing national and international network of kiwiberry growers.