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    Angry Non "Kiwi" Kiwi Fruit

    I bought some fresh green Kiwi Fruit from Countdown, Johnsonville, yesterday.

    Italian Grown!!!

    WTF?!


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    Default Re: Non "Kiwi" Kiwi Fruit

    we stole the plant from China
    and later sold seeds/seedlings to other countries after we developed it into something so popular

    so not wtf , but Yes the heck we did .
    make a fast quick buck, threaten our export sales .

    https://www.zespri.com/en-UK/blogdet...n-of-kiwifruit
    Being of Chinese origin, kiwifruit originally had a Chinese name, yang tao. But when the fruit was first grown in New Zealand, their sweet/sharp flavour and green colour quickly earned them the nickname ‘Chinese Gooseberries

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    Default Re: Non "Kiwi" Kiwi Fruit

    https://beef2live.com/story-top-10-c...fruit-0-121854
    The Italians produce as much as we do. i guess when out of season locally we import it ?

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    Default Re: Non "Kiwi" Kiwi Fruit

    Italy grows G3 (Sungold) under licence to Zespri and they have been selling Kiwifruit here for ages in our off season

    Interesting they are selling it here as a new Vine disease is going around in Europe that they don't know what it is ,must be very sure there is no risk but we have heard this before

    Wait till they start selling Chinese grown G3 here as there is 4000 Hectares illegally grown there without licence ,Zespri did remove over 100 Hectares before they got their hand Smacked

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    Default Re: Non "Kiwi" Kiwi Fruit

    Kinda reminds me of the NZ Apple fruit we let go to Argentina all those years back

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    Nigel Farage@Nigel_Farage· Jun 12

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    Default Re: Non "Kiwi" Kiwi Fruit

    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence View Post
    Italy grows G3 (Sungold) under licence to Zespri and they have been selling Kiwifruit here for ages in our off season
    Specific countries don't own a plant...especially one that was imported in the first place.
    Buy from your local fruit and veg if it bothers you...or grow your own.

    Not a fan of the green...prefer the yellow ones.
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    Default Re: Non "Kiwi" Kiwi Fruit

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Specific countries don't own a plant...especially one that was imported in the first place.
    Buy from your local fruit and veg if it bothers you...or grow your own.
    Zespri breed the G3 variety (with others in the pipeline)

    They offer the right to grow by Tender here, last year the tender topped $500,000 a Hectare just to graft over to the G3

    They will fly a Drone over your Orchard to map it and if found you have more than you are entitled too it's either removed or have to buy the extra licence

    They get good returns at the moment but for how long?, I used to grow the Green variety for 20 years

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    Default Re: Non "Kiwi" Kiwi Fruit

    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    we stole the plant from China
    and later sold seeds/seedlings to other countries after we developed it into something so popular

    so not wtf , but Yes the heck we did .
    make a fast quick buck, threaten our export sales .

    https://www.zespri.com/en-UK/blogdet...n-of-kiwifruit
    Being of Chinese origin, kiwifruit originally had a Chinese name, yang tao. But when the fruit was first grown in New Zealand, their sweet/sharp flavour and green colour quickly earned them the nickname ‘Chinese Gooseberries
    Had relation that grew Kiwi back in the early 70s. Made an absolute killing selling plants overseas. It came back yo haunt home some years later when those overseas markets sold into the NZ markets at a cheaper price. We tried to tell him this would kill his market but he could only see the dollar signs.
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    I think the idea of selling plants to overseas growers arose in the early days when NZ growers were trying to create a world wide market for the fruit. Apparently they thought that if it was only available in the NZ season, consumers would lose interest. The idea was to get northern hemisphere growers supplying northern markets in our off season to keep up the interest. If they were selling in our off season we wouldn't be in competition with each other. That is my memory of the logic at the time but I stand to be corrected.

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    Default Re: Non "Kiwi" Kiwi Fruit

    Its all about keeping the shelf space on the supermarket during the off season
    The fruit does not keep for ever1
    Kiwi companies own a lot of orchards in Italy
    So what colour is your Adkaf?
    Have you joined Proud to Be Kiwi yet?

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