“You won’t have that problem with the Mega Kiwi, there is plenty of kiwi to eat, plus you get more than twice the amount of Vitamin C,” Kliewer said.
Jerin Kliewer, Jerry’s son, said the family was looking for a new variety of kiwi and came across the Mega Kiwi in Greece. The fruit is the result of a natural genetic mutation, not genetic engineering.
“This is non-GMO,” Jerin Kliewer said. “It is a one-in-a-million chance that Mother Nature gave us.”
Longtime Valley farmers say mutations happen from time to time. And depending on the result, such as a different colored flesh or early ripening, it can be profitable.
That’s what the Kliewers are hoping for. It has taken about eight years to go from hearing about the fruit to getting exclusive rights to grow it, then planting the trees and finally harvesting the fruit.
This will be their first year in commercial production.
The Kliewers, who also grow peaches, plums, nectarines, table grapes and citrus, are in the middle of harvesting their regular and plus-size kiwi. Because this is their first year of official commercial production, quantities will be limited. But be patient — the Kliewers are in the process of growing more fruit.
“Our production should double and triple in the next several years,” Jerry Kliewer said.