Issaï (Femelle et auto-fertile)
Kiwis Actinidia Arguta
This mini-kiwi can withstand cold temperatures as low as -40 °C. This cultivar produces fruit 3-5 years after planting. The kiwis must be picked before they are ripe as then tend to fall to the ground. They are a little sweeter than non-hardy kiwis. They are delicious fresh, but can also be used in pastries, jams and juices, or as candied fruit. Excellent source of vitamin C and potassium.
The kiwis produced by this female plant have a diameter of 1¾ and do not require male plants for pollinizing. Without males, the kiwis are pip free, but with males, the yield is much greater. It is best suited for regions where temperatures do not vary greatly, like Zone 4.