Harvesting Kiwi Berry Vines

Are you ready to enjoy delicious homegrown fruit? Harvest is the time to enjoy the results of your hard work. Keep a few things in consideration as you reap the fruits of your labor: the best time to pick the fruit from your tree, and how to store the fruit.

NOTE: This is part 9 in a series of 9 articles. For a complete background on how to grow kiwi berry vines, we recommend starting from the beginning.

When to Harvest

You can start your harvest in late August or early September, usually in the second or third growing season. Kiwi bruise easily so handle with care when harvesting. They can be eaten whole. To test for ripeness, pick a few fruit allow them to soften for a few days, then taste.

Storage

When sweet, fruit can be picked and refrigerated for up to five to six weeks. A few days before using, remove them from the refrigerator to soften and develop sweetness and flavor.

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