Kiwiberries are perfectly adapted to the temperate growing conditions of many parts of Europe. They are an excellent alternative to their bigger green (A. deliciosa) and gold (A. chinensis) kiwi relatives for a variety of reasons:
Kiwiberries can be produced locally = low “food miles” (distance from producer to consumer), fresher fruit
Kiwiberries are grown in open air = reduction in energy use and decrease in associated costs for heating and artificial illumination
Kiwiberries have a low disease pressure = less or no pesticides have to be used
The introduction of the commercial kiwiberry production in Flanders was supported by a grant from the Belgian Province of East-Flanders for projects focusing on “Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Horticulture”.