This plant originates from southern China where it has been grown for about 700 years. Its fruit was considered a delicacy by Chinese emperors and it was also used ornamentally
In the early eighteen hundreds it arrived in England and in the nineteen hundreds it became widespread through intensive farming in New Zealand where it found a fairly favourable environment. This explains why its name is taken from the bird which is the symbol of New Zealand.
At the end of the nineteen hundreds it spread through Europe and especially in Italy which soon became the second largest producer of this fruit in the world. The kiwi is the key product of Commercio frutta. The production areas are located in various parts of Italy inhabited by the species. Our producer members are in Friuli, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Lazio and Calabria