Kiwi are small edible berry of a woody vine in the genus Actinidia. . It has a fibrous, dull greenish -brown skin and bright green or golden flesh with rows of tiny, black, edible seeds.
Health benefits of consuming kiwis include maintaining healthy skin tone and texture, reducing blood pressure, and preventing heart disease and stroke. It also decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality.
Kiwi fruit contains high amount of vitamin C, vitamin E and polyphenols which protect the cardiovascular system.
Kiwi plant has the highest density of any fruit for vitamin C and magnesium limited mineral in the food supply of most affluent countries and a nutrient important for cardiovascular health. Among the top three low-sodium, high-potassium fruits, kiwifruit ranks number one, having more potassium than a banana or citrus fruits.
Care and Maintenance of Kiwi Plant.
Kiwi plants for them to thrive best require the following conditions, fertile well drained soils, provided with wind
shelter ,adequate water content in the soil, warm temperatures and maximum sunlight.
Kiwi plants after transplanting take an average of 3 to 4 years to mature and produce fruits and have a long lifespan of up to 30 years depending on the care given to the plant.
Kiwifruit vines require vigorous pruning, similar to that of grapevines. Fruit is borne on one-year-old and older canes, but production declines as each cane ages. Canes should be pruned off and replaced after their third year.
Kiwi Fruit Market
Kiwi fruits should be graded according their size and weight. Fruits above 80 grams should be graded as grade A. Fruits above 40 to 80 grams should be graded as grade B.
Kiwi fruits have a shelf life of two months. the storage facilities should have high humidity for the fruits to stay long enough.
Grade A fruits fetches 100 Ksh in local market while grade B fruit fetches 80 Ksh.
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