Stephen F. Austin State University

Texas University Gardens continue kiwifruit experiment

Researchers at SFA Gardens are reaping the rewards of their ongoing investigation into the feasibility of adding kiwifruit to the state’s long list of agricultural commodities.

Since the initial crop produced in 2014 -the state’s first-ever successful kiwifruit harvest- the expanding plot of golden kiwifruit on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus has produced more than 1,500 pounds of the small, tender-fleshed fruit.

“We collected 750 pounds this year,” said David Creech, SFA professor emeritus of agriculture and director of SFA Gardens. “The harvest came a little early this year, likely due to the intense heat we’ve had.”

While kiwifruit is eaten when tender, Creech explained they are harvested while still firm. To know when the crop is ready for harvest, the sugar content of the fruit is monitored.

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