Kiwi: A New Alabama-Grown Fruit

| January 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

By Katie Jackson
Alabama Living

There’s a new fruit favorite to go along with locally grown apples, pears and other autumn-ripening favorites: Alabama-grown kiwis.

These egg-shaped fruit packed with flavor and nutrition are native to China, where they have been revered and cultivated for centuries. Kiwi gained its current name and an international fan base after growers in New Zealand successfully commercialized and marketed the crop. Large-scale production soon expanded to other countries, including Chile, Italy and the U.S., primarily in California, which established a thriving kiwi industry in the 1980s.

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