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Californian kiwi crop: 30.000 tons

Currently, California produces more than 98 percent of the American kiwi crop, almost completely in the Central Valley. Harvested in October and November (then kept in cold storage), fresh kiwis will be available through early May.

This year’s crop totalled more than 30,000 tons, on par with 2016. That may sound like a lot, but it’s just a small part of the global kiwi supply of more than 1.3 million tons.

In recent years, a flood of imported Italian and Chilean kiwis pushed down prices in the U.S., putting many Californian growers out of business. Now, kiwifruits are grown extensively around the world in areas with a Mediterranean climate. Chile, Greece, France, Turkey and Iran all grow more kiwifruit than California.

According to a fredericksburg.com article, nowadays only 171 California farms-most of them small-grow kiwis, down from 300 a decade ago. Some orchards in Butte and Yuba counties were lost to last winter’s heavy rains, when the orchards stayed flooded for too long.

Publication date: 1/10/2018


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