Actinidia arguta ‘Issai’
‘Actinidia Arguta Issai’ is a self-pollinating kiwi berry that produces small, smooth, hairless fruits at a young age. It is also known as mini-kiwi. The fruits can be eaten without peeling and are rich in vitamin C. They hang from the plant in large clusters, often camouflaged among the leaves. The opened fruit is reminiscent of a miniature kiwi, a white core surrounded by a ring of black seeds and the typical line pattern. The sweet, green berries are ready to be picked in August-September and are about 2 to 3 cm in size. Apart from being fresh, the fruits can also be processed in various ways, such as jam or compote. The sliced fruits are also beautiful as garnish for appetisers or desserts. The fruit is also dried and can even be made into wine. The kiwi grape is a climbing plant and therefore the best way to help it is to guide it along a wall, climbing frame or pergola. The leaves of the climbing plant are oblong, shiny dark green above and lighter green below. The kiwi berry blooms in June-July with creamy white flowers. It is completely hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to -25 °C well. Plant the kiwi plant in a sunny, somewhat sheltered spot.