Most people assume the kiwi fruit comes from New Zealand because of its name, but it originated in China and is now flourishing in Italy. Photo: AFP

How the kiwi fruit from China, rebranded by New Zealand, flourishes in Italy, now world’s No 2 producer

  • Decades ago farmers south of Rome began ripping out grape vines and replacing them with kiwi fruit vines; today harvests in Italy outstrip those in New Zealand
  • Rising temperatures have allowed Italian farmers to grow other exotic fruit – avocados, bananas, papaya, mangoes, dragon fruit, guava, even coffee and cocoa
Topic |   Food and agriculture

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Most people assume the kiwi fruit comes from New Zealand because of its name, but it originated in China and is now flourishing in Italy. Photo: AFP
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