Chinese gooseberry, sometimes known as the kiwi fruit, is a big, woody, deciduous vine that can grow up to 30 feet (9 meters) in height. Hardy and Golden kiwi fruit are the two main varieties produced for production. The fruit is a gorgeous shade of green and contains tiny, uniform, and delicious black seeds. It thrives in USDA zones 9 through 10. After eight to twelve years, a mature kiwi plant may produce up to pounds or more of fruit.

It might be challenging to predict when to harvest kiwis. To determine when to harvest kiwi fruit, commercial kiwi growers use a device called a refractometer, which gauges the fruit’s sugar content. Another way of determining when to harvest kiwis is required because the refractometer is too expensive for the majority of casual kiwi home producers.

When and how to pick a Kiwi
What therefore should a home gardener know about picking a kiwi when it’s ready? Since we lack a refractometer to measure the ideal sugar content, we must rely on our understanding of when kiwi fruit is typically mature enough to be harvested.

While kiwi fruit reaches its full size in August, it is not yet mature enough to be harvested until late October or early November, when the sugar content has increased and the seeds have gone black. Although fruit may soften off the vine after the sugar content reaches 4%, the sweet flavor will not fully develop until the sugar content reaches 6% to 8%. Once the kiwi fruit has an incredible 12 to 15 percent sugar content, the starch is transformed into sugar and made ready for consumption.

Although kiwi that has been vine-ripened having the finest flavor, it does not store well. Commercial kiwi harvesting takes place all at once, while a home gardener may start picking kiwis irregularly in late September. The kiwi fruit’s softness is not necessarily the best sign that it is ready. Kiwi ripens after being cut from the vine, unlike some other fruits.

Kiwi should be handled carefully during harvest because they bruise rapidly and have a short shelf life. Snap the stem at the fruit’s base to harvest kiwi. Again, being soft does not necessarily indicate being ready. When in doubt, check the size, and date, then cut the fruit open to access the seeds. When the seeds become black, it’s time to harvest the kiwi fruit. When picking kiwis, leave the smaller fruit on the vine until it reaches a certain size and discards the larger ones.

Kiwis can be stored for up to four to six months at 31 to 32 degrees F (-5-0 C), but only if they are kept refrigerated and away from other ripe fruit, which emits ethylene gas and could speed the ripening kiwis’ mortality. Kiwi should be chilled as soon as possible after picking and kept at a high humidity level for storage. The shelf life of kiwis increases with storage temperature.

Pick the fruit while it’s still hard and put it in the fridge right away in a vented plastic bag to store for up to two months. Kiwi fruit should be taken out of the fridge and put in a vented plastic bag with an apple or banana that is sitting at room temperature to speed ripening. At room temperature, they will also naturally ripen; it will simply take a little longer. When the kiwi feels soft to the touch, it is ripe and prepared for eating. Since soft kiwi doesn’t last long, eat it right away.

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