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Mutated Kiwifruit On Sale: Five For A Dollar (VIDEO)

What gets me still is that five kiwifruit looked more like twelve -- but they were on sale, five for a dollar, and still cost me only one dollar.

UPDATE: be sure to read the comments below.  

From my Afterword: 

Kiwifruit, with described mutations matching what you have just seen, were, according to one recipient, being given to the needy at a local food bank in early November 2012; unfortunately all of the evidence was eaten before this came to my attention(tasted "a little bland").  

I have in fact learned where the kiwi were grown: central California.  Specifically, a small farm, approximately between  Fresno and Bakersfield.

It may be relevant to note that even the main stream media, usually reliably oblivious when it comes to such matters, reported the high levels of radioactivity, identifiable as the environmental fallout from the disaster at TepCo's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (often referred to merely as "3/11"). Central California was in fact quite hard hit.

And for those who would think that would not affect the fruit being bought today, it takes one to two years, as I understand it, for kiwifruit to mature enough to harvest.

For the record, however, I must consider the cause of these deformations "unknown" unless and until more information comes to light.

Should anyone have any other information, feel free to contact me, in the comment section at this link:, or by email (address available below). 

Be seeing you.


  1. I live in california, and i read this blog often, i have seen this happen to kiwi before the event at Fukushima had happened. This is normal for a kiwi, just wanted to let you know. They can sometimes, depending on what method they are grown with, do this due to the amounts of fertilizer used.

  2. thank you. i understand that this can be caused by other factors than radiation, then: but would it nonetheless be a likely way for radioactive environmental stressors to express themselves? in your opinion, is that too far fetched?

    i certainly have seen nothing like it, and could find no evidence that PSA or other dangers now facing kiwi would result in this...

    normal fertilizers?

    was considering a road trip, to see if non-cultivated plants in the area of the farm in question exhibited any abnormalities....

    thank you again.

  3. New Zealand the originator of the modern kiwifruit often sells misshapen large kiwifruit on it's local market they are export rejects because of shape. May be they have been imported and distributed to food co ops and food kitchens. Kiwis grow to maturity in one season.

  4. Fan shaped Kiwi fruit are common, normal and totally delicious. They are usually rejected for sale due to their odd size. The shape has nothing to do with mutations or radiation. If you see them on sale at a cheap price then grab a bargain and enjoy.

  5. why thank you. by no means had i come to any conclusions as to cause, as of the time of the posting of this video, as i have said.

  6. and i note synchronistically this: a new kiwi type for sale