Harvest

Kiwifruit will not reach maturity and flower until about their fifth year. The fruit matures in October, which is after the date of the first frost in many northern regions. For this reason it is difficult to harvest vine-ripened fruit. Fruits will ripen in the refrigerator, but their storage life is much shorter than that of commercially available kiwifruit. Flavor is better, however, in the fuzzless hardy kiwifruit.

For more information, see Oregon State University's web site on kiwifruit production at http://berrygrape.orst.edu/fruitgrowing/berrycrops/ kiwifruit.htm.

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