Also known as
These delicious little nuggets are
sweeter than your usual Kiwifruit and have
an edible skin so they can be eaten just like grapes.
Availible Kiwi Berry Work
The baby kiwi is a select pick fruit only selecting the berries that are the correct colour, texture, and size
The usual harest time is from mid Febuary to mid April just before the Kiwifuit harvest
The harvesters will go through each orchard 3 times during the season before picking is complete
The fruit is picked into small plastic trays with a support around the neck of the harvester
The plastic tray is then placed into a bins on a trailer attached to a orchard tractor
The Kiwiberry harvest is seasonal work.
There is no particular start date and finish.
The start date is reliant on the season, weather and the results from testing of maturity, dry matter, taste and colour.
Each orchard results and start dates will differ depending on location, altitude and soil types
Wage and earnings
The kiwiberry is usually paid per hour starting at minimum hourly rate
Winter pruning of the Kiwiberry starts in June just after the kiwifruit harvest.This leads into the summer pruning from November to December
This type of work is usually done by experience professional pruners as the industry is still testing and learning best practice.
Jobs are available during the harvest season at the pack house. There are limited pack-houses that process the Kiwiberry at this time.
What is NZ KiwiBerry?
“The healthy NEW no fuzz, no fuss,
NZ KiwiBerry is the most common name used in NZ for Actinidia arguta. In some countries they are also known as Baby Kiwi.
NZ KiwiBerry is a species within the Actinidia family and as such is a kiwifruit. It is more correctly known as Actinidia arguta or A. arguta which grows wild in parts of China and is also found in north-eastern Siberia, Korea and Japan. Globally there is thought to be less than 200 hectares planted for commercial production.
The main producing countries who supply the international market are New Zealand, USA, Canada and Chile. It is also known to be growing in Russia, China, Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Australia.
The fruit are referred to as hardy kiwifruit, kiwi berry, arctic kiwi, baby kiwi, dessert kiwi, grape kiwi, northern kiwi, or cocktail kiwi, and are edible, berry- or grape-sized fruit similar to kiwifruit in taste and appearance, but are green, brownish, or purple with smooth skin, sometimes with a red blush. Often sweeter than the kiwifruit, hardy kiwifruit can be eaten whole and need not be peeled. Thin-walled, its exterior is smooth and leathery.
Fruit & Varieties
NZ KiwiBerry are rich in antioxidants
KiwiBerry are small - in the 5 - 20 gram range, with smooth hairless edible skins, and shapes varying from round to elongated. One of the attractions of KiwiBerry is that they, like grapes, are a single mouthful
NZ KiwiBerry are a nutritional powerhouse, they are the most nutrient dense of all the major fruits, and are an extremely healthy food source.
Planting and Growth Habit
NZ KiwiBerry is grown on a pergola system exactly the same as kiwifruit, with each plant growing in a 5 metre by 3.6 metre canopy area.
The plants are dioecious, which means separate male and female vines are required in the orchard for pollination to occur.
KiwiBerry requires well sheltered land that is free draining and frost free in spring.
Growing Regions In NZ
The majority of Kiwi berry orchards are in the
Bay of Plenty of New Zealand
There are small pockets of orchards in Canterbury, Nelson and Auckland as well