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Written by Larry Aiello   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 02:10
More than just wine and grapes – Italy produces Kiwi as well!

Here is a little unknown fact about Italy - Did you know that Italy produces more kiwi than New Zealand?  In fact, Italy is the number one producer and exporter of the quirky, delicious and healthy fruit. 

According to Wiki, these countries are the top producers of kiwi are (in order):
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Chile
  • France

Italian cassata pictured with kiwiIt’s ironic, the letters K and W are not even in the Italian alphabet.  Even though you see the letter K in many Italian words, (kilogram, kilometri, etc), it is not part of the Italian alphabet.  In Italian there are words that have letters that are not technically part of the Italian alphabet.  The letter X is another example as in “taxi”.  Those vocabulary words are imported from other languages.  In this case, the word was imported, and the fruit was imported as well!  Much to the delight of Italian farmers, as it has become a multi-million dollar industry.

About 90% of the Italian Kiwi production takes places 4 central and northern regions of Italy

  • Lazio (Rome)
  • Piedmont  (Milan)
  • Emilia Romagna (Bologna)
  • Veneto (Venice)

Kiwi is used in many Italian desserts including the Sicilian cassata (pictured), gelato, gelato toppings, etc.  It is often eaten at the end of the meal along with other popular Italian fruits such as grapes, apples, pears and apricots.



0 #3 Dale 2011-11-05 12:44
8) That is really interesting. Thanks for the great read!
0 #2 Zarah 2011-10-06 01:04
We know that Italy is really associated with grapes and wines which will always be my favorites whenever i am in Italy to visit my daughter who is working there.

But kiwi -- how come nobody is telling me that before? Will really look for this when I am back in Italy.
0 #1 Rose 2011-10-01 12:07
I love eating kiwi fruit and it is known to possess a wealth of vitamin, minerals and antioxidants.

This is really surprising because most of us would associate kiwi with New Zealand. And to know that Italy is producing more of this fruit than NZ just astound me.

Wow...let me have my kiwi fruit now!

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