In the very beginning In 1904, Miss Isabel Fraser, a teacher at a girls’ college in the riverside town of Wanganui, returned from visiting her sister on a mission station in China with some small black seeds. The seeds grew into big-leafed vines hung with hairy russet-skinned berries with bright green flesh. Kiwifruit had arrived in New Zealand.From its first pioneers and champions to today’s growers who consistently produce superior kiwifruit under the world-leading integrated ZESPRI™ System, there is a tradition of passion, innovation and excellence.
Out of 27 fruit analysed in US studies , ZESPRI™ Kiwifruit proved itself to be one of nature's most perfect foods. The fruit's many special qualities can help guard against chronic illness, aid digestion and may even help us feel happier and less stressed. And there are so many delicious ways to eat them