Actinidia chinensis


Actinidia chinensis


Plant family



Part used




Actinidia chinensis is the name given to this fruit by the French botanist Jules Emile Planchon in 1847. It is derived from the Greek word “aktis” which means “small spoke”, and refers to the female flowers which unfold like the spokes of a bicycle wheel.

Originally from China, where it has been eaten for over 2,000 years, this liana fruit, which grew along the great Yangtze River, was known as Yang Tao, the Yang Peach. Although it was introduced into Europe in the mid-18th century, it remained an ornamental plant and was acclimatised in European botanical gardens during the 19th century. It was later successfully cultivated in New Zealand at the beginning of the 20th century, where it was named “kiwi” after the country’s emblematic bird, which is also small, brown and hairy.

Now grown and enjoyed worldwide, it is appreciated for its taste and its high antioxidant content, making it the perfect health ally.