KIWIFRUIT


KIWI_OSCAR_LE_KIWI

A fruit from China

Contrary to popular belief, this small, downy fruit does not come from New Zealand, even if it does bear the name of their brown, downy bird, the kiwi.

It is, in fact, a fruit from the mountain forests of China. Kiwifruit grows in the wild on particularly robust vines from the genus Actinidia, which somewhat resemble grapevines. Kiwifruit, also known as “Chinese gooseberries”, are considered a delicacy and was relatively unknown in the world until the 18th century. Kiwifruit was brought to Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, principally for its beauty as an ornamental plant. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that it was cultivated at a large scale, first in New Zealand, then in California, and then around the world. In France, this quirky fruit didn’t grace our plates until the 1980s.

 

Hayward: the star of the kiwifruit

The world champion of kiwifruit is the Hayward green kiwifruit, named after the New Zealand nurseryman who selected it in the 1920s. This decidedly original fruit can have many colours: in China, kiwifruit can be yellow or even red, with smooth or hairy skin, with the smallest being the size of a grape. In France, we have even developed our own varieties: the Oscar Gold”, a yellow kiwifruit, the early-maturing Summerkiwi”, or the minuscule “Nergi” baby kiwi. It is a baby that has grown up: 5 million boxes should be sold in 2017.

 

Worldwide production

1 million tonnes of kiwifruit are produced every year around the world. China leads the pack, followed by New Zealand and Italy. France is the third largest producer of kiwifruit in Europe and the sixth in the world. The French production, of which a third is exported, is concentrated in the south-west area, where 65% of production takes place. Kiwifruit is produced from November to May.

Kiwifruit is the 10th most purchased fruit in France, with inhabitants consuming around a billion kiwifruit every year.

 

Kiwifruit: a fruit with hidden virtues 

Kiwifruit is a winter fruit par excellence.

Kiwi is a little healthful champion: just one of these fruits has the recommended daily intake of vitamins C, B1, B2, iron, calcium, and provitamin A! It also has numerous trace elements. As if that weren’t enough, kiwifruit are ideal for good health and help with weight loss.

In short, the kiwifruit is not done surprising yet!

Some news

Oscar Kiwi ready for a new season

Oscar Kiwi ready for a new season

23 October 2018
Just be a little patient, the new Oscar Kiwi season is approaching! Only a few weeks and our delicious kiwi fruits will be ready to reach the stores… and your plates. The Oscar kiwi team is working ...
Kiwi: 3 healthy autumn recipes

Kiwi: 3 healthy autumn recipes

28 September 2018
As days are getting shorter, you might need some healthy tips to boost your energy. That's why we have made 3 kiwi fruit based recipes to help you beat the autumn blues and get more vitamins! The ...
Get in shape for spring with Oscar kiwi!

Get in shape for spring with Oscar kiwi!

24 April 2018
Want to get your weight under control before summer comes up in a few weeks? Eating kiwi fruit could be very helpful. Get a glimpse of all the benefits! Taking advantage of seasonal changes to rea...
Appetizer: 3 kiwifruit recipes for summer!

Appetizer: 3 kiwifruit recipes for summer!

09 July 2018
Want to try new delicious appetizer's ideas for the summer? Have a look at these simple, fresh and healthy recipes made by Oscar Kiwi… Just for you!   Kiwifruit & Smoked Salmon Verrin...
Kiwi, the best fruit for athletes!

Kiwi, the best fruit for athletes!

12 June 2018
With the Football World Cup in everyone’s minds, it's time to put your sneakers on... You’re already aware of the many daily kiwi fruits benefits, but did you know they were also great for athlete...
Kiwi fruit: benefits and recipes for children!

Kiwi fruit: benefits and recipes for children!

15 May 2018
Promoting fresh fruits and vegetables consumption is a priority for all parents even though it is not easy everyday! Oscar kiwi gives you some tips and recipes to make it a habit. Kiwi fruits bene...

Oscar

All your questions.
Our answers.

"Why are kiwifruits healthy?"
see +

Quality

see +

Innovation

see +

Kiwifruit

see +

Oscar in pictures

see +

Recipes

see +
Top