Previously, kiwis were called "Chinese gooseberries"
Homeland kiwi - China, where because of their hairy skins he wore the name of the "monkey peach". But, unlike gooseberry, kiwi fruit was not popular, as long as there was not artificially cultivated. This event occurred relatively recently: at the beginning of of the twentieth century.
New Zealand amateur gardener Alexander Allison in 30 engaged in breeding monkey peach, trying to turn unappetizing small and hard berries juicy fruit. It was then that there was a name "Chinese gooseberry".
At first the works did not give significant results, and the only consolation were the stunning beauty of the flowers, and sang praises Chinese poets since, at least, with VIII century BC. e. However, specially designed fertilizer, pruning and grafting fruit monkey peach turned into a surprisingly Delicious and large berries. For a long time about this amazing plant is only local gardeners was known. But, there would be a blessing in disguise: the global industrial crisis has forced the port clerk McLoklin engaged in cultivation and sale of "Chinese gooseberry". Soon a good idea began to bring many thousands of profits, new fruits have learned in Europe and North America.
It took a new, sonorous and exotic name. Kiwi - the famous flightless New Zealand bird. Her brown feathers are more similar to mammalian fur or ... on the hairy skin of the "Chinese gooseberry". Kiwi - and even one of the playful self-names of New Zealand.