Skelton is a yellow kiwi variety. It is a medium sized kiwifruit with an obovoid fruit shape, and a brown fruit skin colouring. The skin is almost hairless with a low-level down. The flesh is greenish-yellow and has good levels of sweetness and flavour.

Harvest time is described as medium to early (early April in New Zealand).

Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***

Skelton will be enjoyed as a good example of a growing number of yellow kiwifruit to enter the market.

Yellow-flesh, sweet, tasty.

Names: Skelton; Skelton A19; USPP 0184401 P1

Origin: Skelton was bred by Donald Skelton of Huntly, New Zealand. The variety was selected from the progeny of a controlled pollination cross between two unpatented varieties of Actinidia chinensis, RY x A124 in Waiuku, New Zealand in 1994.  Seedlings were raised at Rangiriri, New Zealand and the first fruit were assessed in April 1999. The US Plant Patent was granted in July 2008.

Grown in: New Zealand, South Africa, USA. Production in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa is 4-8 weeks earlier than in New Zealand.

Harvest & Availability: Skelton is available in the UK as follows:

  • January:
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  • March: South Africa
  • April: South Africa
  • May: New Zealand
  • June: New Zealand
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