The kiwifruit originated in China.The fruit has a soft texture and a unique flavour.
Originally known as the Chinese Gooseberry, the fruit was renamed for marketing reasons in the mid-20th century, first to melonette, and then to kiwifruit. The latter name was chosen for the indigenous New Zealand bird, kiwi, which is one of the country’s national symbols. The second renaming was done in order to avoid a tariff on imported melons. (wikipedia.org)