TFM_Essential_french kiwis

French Kiwis

Nouvelle Aquitaine
Production area
Nouvelle Aquitaine

Originally from China and popular in New Zealand, this fruit has also been grown in France since the 1970s. Since then, its green, yellow and even red varieties have added a dash of color to the country’s market stalls. Better still, in the southwest of France, the particularly fruity and slightly tart flavors of the Adour kiwi were awarded the Label Rouge quality mark in 1992, and protected geographic indication (IGP) in 2009. 

What you need to know

Although not particularly difficult to grow, kiwis are cultivated in the most surprising of ways. As soon as the warm weather arrives, this fruit grows in vines over arbors. They need fairly fertile soil and watering in very dry weather, and are harvested just before the first frosts to avoid any nasty surprises.
The Hayward is among the first varieties picked, followed by the Monty, Bruno, Abbott, Solo and the Zespi Gold. Available from November to May, this gently ovoid fruit with green, gray or brown skin is unfailingly juicy and deliciously sweet when mature. 




A lightly firm to soft fruit to enjoy straightaway or to store.


Under their bruise-free skin, the green to yellow flesh – and sometimes red in the center, depending on the variety – is starred with seeds.


The kiwi has a soft, juicy flesh with sweet, tangy flavors.

Nutritional benefits

Extremely rich in vitamin C, but also A, B and K, kiwis pack a punch of energy! 

Editor's note

« Where does the word kiwi come from? The fruit owes its name to... a bird endemic to New Zealand, the apteryx, nicknamed “the kiwi,” which has a furry coat similar to the fruit. »

How to use


Store for several days at room temperature if unripe, or a few days in the fridge once ripe. 


Although the skin of the kiwi is edible, its furriness makes peeling preferable. 


As a dessert, the kiwi can be used in everything from fruit salads to ices, pies, clafoutis and smoothies. It can also be added to savory dishes, such as sushi, or eaten with oysters and roasted white meats. 

Pair with

Pork tenderloin, dark chocolate, bananas, Granny Smith apples, meringues and star aniseed. The kiwi is perfect with a glass of late harvest Alsace Gewurztraminer wine! 

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