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Kiwi Production by Country 2024

Kiwi (Actinidia deliciosa) is an agricultural commodity mainly grown for eating the fresh fruit produced by the vines. These egg-sized and shaped fruits have fuzzy brown skin and a bright green interior. Also called Chinese gooseberry and kiwifruit, this plant originated in China. Today, several countries produce this plant for domestic sales or export.

Country
Production Yield
China2.4M
New Zealand628.5K
Italy416.1K
Greece313.4K
Chile139.6K
Portugal55.5K
France46K
Spain28.4K
Japan21.7K
Israel6.2K

About Commercial Kiwi Production

For centuries, the kiwi fruit grew natively in China, where it had medicinal use. By the 20th century, growers in New Zealand acquired cultivation knowledge of this plant and began the first commercial growth of it.

Allied servicemembers passing through New Zealand acquired a taste for the fuzzy berries. New Zealand fine-tuned its growing methods to transform the once-wild fruit into an agricultural commodity.

In the 1960s, the fruit acquired the name of kiwifruit because the small brown fruits resembled the tiny brown kiwi birds native to New Zealand. This also cemented New Zealand's role in the origins of kiwi as an agricultural crop. It had also traveled to Great Britain and the United States during this decade.

Today, New Zealand remains one of the top producers of kiwifruit, but it does not produce the most.

Countries that Top Kiwi Production

As of 2023, the most recent kiwi production data comes from 2021. That year, China, the native home to kiwifruit, produced 2.4 million tons of this crop.

New Zealand placed second in production volume with 628.5 thousand tons. Italy, Greece, and Chile also placed in the top five for their kiwi production yields.

Nations that Had the Top Yields Per Hectare of Kiwi

Crop yields per hectare are another important statistic for agricultural commodities because they indicate the impact the crop has on the land. Higher yields per hectare mean the country uses more efficient growing methods that allow for greater production using less land.

New Zealand had the highest yield per hectare for commercially grown kiwi. It produced 404.9 thousand tons of kiwi per hectare of land. Bhutan grew 255 thousand tons per hectare, placing it second on this list.

Other efficient producers of kiwi fruit in the top five in 2021 included Greece, Israel, and Georgia.

Countries that Dedicated the Most Land to Commercial Kiwi Growing

China dedicates the most land to its kiwi crops, with 199.1 thousand hectares harvested in 2021. Italy had the second largest amount of land used for kiwi growing, 24.9 thousand hectares. New Zealand, Greece, and Chile round out the others in the top five of land use for commercially grown kiwifruit.

Notes:
- Total yield amounts have been rounded to the nearest whole ton.
- For data points for which official data was unavailable, the best available estimates have been used (per source).

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Country
Production Yield (Tons)
Yield Per Hectare (100g/ha)
Area Harvested (ha)
China2.4M119.6K199.1K
New Zealand628.5K404.9K15.5K
Italy416.1K167.4K24.9K
Greece313.4K249.3K12.6K
Chile139.6K189.3K7.4K
Portugal55.5K159.8K3.5K
France46K117.1K3.9K
Spain28.4K172.9K1.6K
Japan21.7K125K1.7K
Israel6.2K220.8K281
Australia2.5K154.4K165
Georgia1.6K219.2K73
Montenegro500200K25
Kyrgyzstan40699.9K41
Switzerland25096.2K26
Bulgaria15030K50
Cyprus110110K10
Bhutan51255K2
Tunisia3454.3K6
Slovenia3015K20
Canada2764.6K4
World4MNaNNaN
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Which country produces the most kiwis?

China produces the most kiwis in the world with 196,727 tonnes annually.

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