Jul 12, 2015 1:22 PM
UNH looking forward for 1st harvest of hardy kiwi collection
The Associated Press
DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire is working on a long-term program for growing hardy kiwis — the ones without the fuzz.
Iago Hale, plant breeder and assistant professor of specialty crop improvement at UNH's Agricultural Experiment Station, says the goal is to support New England farmers and consumers through the crop's development.
The grape-like sweet fruit is smaller than their better known, fuzzier relatives. A single, mature hardy kiwi plant can yield up to 100 pounds of fruit. It is native to China, Japan, Korea and Siberia.
At UNH, Hale is growing nearly the entire USDA collection of hardy kiwis in order to characterize the collection and identify parent plants for his breeding program.
Hale will see a first harvest this fall.