Its’s often regarded as something of an exotic fruit.

But an Almondbury woman is celebrating her best ever crop – of Kiwi fruit.

Celia Taylor, 80, of Fernside Avenue, says she has harvested more than 1,000 pieces of this exotic fruit.

Celia, who has seven children, 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, said: “It all started in 1999 when I put some seed in a cup on my windowsill. I didn’t know what it was but an Italian friend of mine told me.

“I now have three trees, one male and two female which are kept apart from one another. In 2010 I had 1,000 fruit but this year I have even more.

“I have given them many of them away to friends but I’ve still got plenty left!”

While it is not native to the UK the Kiwi fruit can be grown with ease in our climate.

The compact bushes provide delicious, sweet furry brown fruit, with delicate bright green flesh.

Celia Taylor's kiwi fruit tree in her garden in Fernside Avenue, Almondbury.
Celia Taylor's kiwi fruit tree in her garden in Fernside Avenue, Almondbury.
 

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Kiwi fruit bushes are vigorous plants that can grow up to 9m tall

They need plenty of sunlight and shelter in order to thrive.

The fruits grow on vines, and its large leaves are heart-shaped.

It is native to China and for the casual buyer in a supermarket, they are unlikely to be aware that kiwi fruits were originally known as Yang Tao

They were brought to New Zealand from China by missionaries in the early 20th century.

In 1960, they were renamed Chinese Gooseberries and two years later its name was changed once more to kiwi fruit,

The name was to honour of the native bird of New Zealand, the kiwi, whose brown fuzzy coat resembled the skin of this fruit

The fruit has more vitamin C than the equivalent amount of orange.