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Harvesting the hardy kiwis

Blighted kiwi vines

For a decade, our hardy kiwi vines have been disease free. But as soon as they set fruit this year, leaves started to turn brown on the bearing plant. The disease looks strikingly like fire blight, so that's my working hypothesis even though the internet doesn't report that particular bacterial disease affects the plant species.

Hardy kiwi fruits

With leaves no longer pumping sugars into the fruits, we decided to bring some inside as a test harvest. The seeds are black, which suggests the fruits are mature enough to ripen off the vine. I'll keep you posted once we finally get to taste this fruit that's been ten years in coming!

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I finally got to eat some of mine after 5 years. I will say that only the very soft ones tasted good to me. There is some underlying astringency in the slightly soft ones.
Comment by BJ Thu Aug 31 07:33:53 2017

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