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Bros and bears breeding

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All the credit for this one goes to Temsy and her Aunt Chialing, who I have written about before. They were expensive, Aunt Chialing said, but they were worth it.

Immediately upon return to California, Temsy made a beeline to the Chinese supermarket to get a bunch of these amazing, delicious, golden kiwis. Last night, we were sitting around eating fruit and she offered me one.

I like kiwifruit just ok, and at first I refused.

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Temsy was eating with such enthusiasm, though, I changed my mind. I am not kidding about this. It was honey-sweet, with delicious acidity and melon flavors, and my head filled with a perfect kiwi aroma. Temsy had bought an entire case of these things. It turns out that yellow kiwifruit are an entirely different species than the fuzzy, round, green kiwifruits we are most familiar with.

Both species originate in central China, and are part Bros and bears breeding the Actinidia  genus. In the 70s, seeking to diversify the kinds of kiwifruit grown in New Zealand, growers turned back to China.

There, they discovered another species, Actinidia chinensis, which lacked the fuzz of the species being Bros and bears breeding in New Zealand, and had a sweeter, more tropical taste.

Some specimens were yellow-fleshed, not the bright green of the fuzzy kiwifruit. Bringing seeds back from China to New Zealand, they did a little breeding to adapt them to their new environment, and introduced a new kiwifruit- calling it The Golden Kiwifruit. However, inthere was a problem.

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A cultivar of golden kiwifruit the breeders at Zespri were toying with for improved flavor turned out to be resistant to Psa, and the organization was able to react quickly: The bonus of this story is that SunGolds- the very cultivar that was enthusiastically introduced to us by Aunt Chialing- are absolutely delicious, all tropical and juicy and fragrant and Bros and bears breeding. You can get them now- particularly in Chinese markets- and they are still in season until next month.

This is interesting because there is a brand new kiwifruit variety that is delicious. I like to tell cultivar stories all the time, because I love food and Bros and bears breeding love biology, and cultivars are an interesting intersection of those two passions. However, I also think that as coffee people we can learn a lot from these stories. Here "Bros and bears breeding" some things I take away from the SunGold variety story that matter to us coffee pros: Centers of origin are important - Kiwifruits are from Bros and bears breeding, and the SunGold story is about going back to that origin to search for diversity in flavor, productivity, and resistance.

Coffee is always, essentially, about its center of origin in Ethiopia and South Sudan. Grower Owned Resources are Important - In researching this, I learned a little about Zespri, an institution that is owned by about kiwifruit growers in New Zealand.

Quality and disease resistance are not mutually exclusive - SunGolds are disease resistant, which is why farmers like them, and delicious, which is why we like them at our table. I hate to be hard on breeders- who I regard as heroes- but would it be too much to ask to pay tribute to the origin of the cultivar while naming it?

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