The kiwiberry crop is being proposed as an alternative to blueberry production in Huelva in the face of the current crisis in the sector. One of the companies testing this fruit is Fran&Lolo, a pioneer in the cultivation of raspberries for 25 years and in the cultivation of blueberries.
For the last three years it has had 2.5 hectares dedicated to growing kiwiberry. Field trials focus on self-fertile varieties such as issai, red or jumbo. It is currently looking for varieties that require pollinators and are earlier than issai. In Huelva, the harvesting of kiwiberries can start in August instead of September-October. Fran&Lolo expects to reach 25,000 kilos of kiwiberry this season.
The kiwiberry plant, like all those of the actinidian family, requires mild winter temperatures with short winters that allow the cold hours necessary for production to be reached. It requires high relative humidity and not very hot summers, so in the Huelva area it would be necessary to provide the plantations with shading nets to counteract the high temperatures.
Most of the kiwiberry sold in Europe comes from Asia, but for the last few years plantations have been established in Huelva in the experimental phase with the aim of finding varieties adapted to the area.