8 Countries that Produce the Most Kiwi Fruit in the World

Surprisingly enough, New Zealand does not produce the most kiwi fruit in the world, and people from New Zealand, are not called Kiwis because of the fruit, but because of their national symbol – the kiwi bird. In fact, the kiwi fruit, which originated in Eastern and North-central China, was first known as Chinese Gooseberry, but later was named after the kiwi bird. Why? Well, according to one story, in the middle of the 20th century, there were high export charges for all kinds of berries in New Zealand, where this fruit was brought and harvested. In order to avoid high export charges, Kiwis decided to change the name. They’ve noticed similarities between their national symbol – the kiwi bird, and this beautiful Chinese fruit, and the idea for the name was there. Here we will show you the list made by Insidermonkey experts about the countries that produce the most kiwi fruit in the world.

According to another story, the name Chinese Gooseberry just wasn’t that appealing, and they wanted to change it in order to have a more marketable name. “Kiwi” was perfect because it was the national symbol. Statistic data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was used to find out who dominates the kiwi fruit world. The kiwi production is mainly concentrated in the Northern and in the Southern hemispheres.Among the Northern countries Italy stands out(24,800 ha in 2014), followed by Greece (7,300 ha in 2012), and France (3,952 ha). In the Southern countries the culture is concentrated in New Zealand (12,757 ha) and in Chile (11,000 ha). After you finish reading about the top kiwi fruit producing countries, you may be interested to check our article on most expensive countries to buy food and fruit in the world.

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