Actinidia arguta are new to commercial markets and the kiwi berries are sometimes referred to as mini kiwis or kiwi grapes. Kiwi berries can be eaten whole! The berries have a smooth skin that is edible and are even sweeter than Fuzzy Kiwis. Kiwi vines will tolerate part shade to full sun. They thrive for us in the Pacific Northwest but are also extremely hardy, up to Zone 4. One hardy male is needed to pollinate up to eight hardy females.
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Winter / Spring
Smooth skinned, very sweet, precocious 1 1/2" long fruits. Issai Female Hardy Kiwi is a Japanese self-fertile kiwi. Less vigorous than other kiwi so it is easily grown in pot. Considered self fertile but much higher yielding if planted with a Male Kiwi. Bears quickly. Zone 6-10. Photo courtesy of Chaim Kempler, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.