Kiwi berries as the new Mini Superfood

Alexander Zimmermann – photo: Bayerische Landesanstalt für Weinbau und Gartenbau

Alexander Zimmermann – photo: Bayerische Landesanstalt für Weinbau und Gartenbau

The Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture (Bayerische Landesanstalt für Weinbau und Gartenbau – LWG) in Germany is testing 75 different varieties of kiwi berries (Actinidia deliciosa). According to LWG-researcher Alexander Zimmermann the cultivation of kiwi berries in Germany is expanding, although due to the lower popularity among consumers, these berries are not yet in the standard range in the supermarket. However, he is sure that this small ‘vitamin bomb’ as a new type of Mini Superfood will conquer the market. “Actually, there is no reason to wait for kiwi berries in the supermarket as they are also suitable for home gardening as long as the female, fruit-bearing plant, has a neighbouring male plant as a pollinator. The kiwi berries are also ideally suited for organic cultivation since they have a high resistance to diseases and pests,” explains Zimmermann in a recent LWG press release [read the full text in German and a previous article about the LWG kiwi berry trial].
The Bavarian research institute also refers to the input of Werner Merkel in Chemnitz (Germany). He is as an ‘amateur’ breeder already for more than 3 decades involved in the breeding of Actinidia deliciosa. A number of his seedlings are part of the LWG trial. The ‘kiwiman’ runs his own website.