22 Jan 2020

Kiwifruit - who renamed the Chinese gooseberry?

From Afternoons, 1:20 pm on 22 January 2020

The American fruit importer said to have coined the term 'kiwifruit' for Chinese gooseberries from New Zealand has died in California at the age of 96.

Frieda Caplan was known as the Kiwi Queen, after she apparently came up with the name for the furry fruit in 1962. 

The story goes she looked at what was known as Chinese gooseberries and decided it looked just like a kiwibird. 

But our own history suggests a different story. 

Kiwifruit. Zespri.

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