Fuzzy kiwifruit, Actinidia deliciosa

Actinidia deliciosa is a fruiting vine species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Fuzzy kiwifruit or Mangueyo. A. deliciosa is a member of the Actinidiaceae family and can be found in growing naturally in southern China.

A. deliciosa is technically a climbing shrub or twining vine. The plant reaches measurements of 30 feet. Its leaves measure between 2.9 and 4.9 inches long and oval or circular in shape. As leaves age, it is common to lose its layer of red hairs that cover the leaf. With time, the leaves develop a dark green upper surface with a white underside. Flowers contain 5 or 6 petals and  give off a pleasant fragrance. Young flowers are white and become yellow with age.

A. deliciosa is known for producing brown, fuzzy kiwifruit. Fruits are oblong and measure approximately 2.5 inches long. The fruit is juicy and may be very acidic tasting. When cut open the kiwi fruit has a bright green, yellow or brownish fleshy inside. At its center the fruit has many seeds and very fine, white or ivory lines radiating outward.

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