Today I have been checking the condition of the kiwifruit we have stored for our own use. If I keep it in a cool place and check it regularly and take out any ripe ones to eat, some of it will last till December. (After the leaves fall off the vines we always find lovely fruit that was hiding above the canopy of leaves at picking time and so got missed then. So this is vine ripened for an extra 5 or 6 weeks.) I thought you might be interested in the kiwifruit juice that is made from the imperfect fruit (not suitable to export because of the shape or they have marks on the skin etc. ) It is marketed under the brand name Nekta. (Green Kiwifruit with Aloe Vera Juice.) The label tells me it is marketed in NZ; Australia; Hong Kong and Macau. Although we have our own fruit I also buy the juice as I like to serve it to visitors especially anyone from overseas. Kids love the colour. It may be drunk as is, or diluted with water or lemonade. The gold variety is also available as juice, but is too sweet for my personal liking.
Quilting is a wonderful hobby for me. I love the beautiful fabric and colours - my artistic side comes alive.
I have lived in Te Puna near Tauranga since 1978, where my husband ( R ) and I own a small orchard where we grow Kiwifruit and Avocados for export. We have a large garden and grow many other fruit, nuts and vegetables. When I was young I was a teacher and particularly liked teaching art. I have also worked in the Kiwifruit Industry in Quality Control and Auditing. I love to create and am currently passionate about patchwork and quilting. I sew by hand and using my Bernina Aurora 440 machine.
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