Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta) is also often referred to as kiwi berry, arctic kiwi, baby kiwi, dessert kiwi, grape kiwi, northern kiwi, or cocktail kiwi, and are edible, berry- or grape-sized fruit similar to kiwifruit in taste and appearance. Often sweeter than the kiwi, hardy kiwi can be eaten whole and do not need to be peeled. Thin-walled, its exterior is smooth and leathery.
Hardy Kiwi are green, brownish, or purple with smooth skin, sometimes with a red blush.
For vines to bear fruit, both male and female plants must be present to enable pollination. A male pollinator can enable six female producers to fruit. Flowering typically occurs in late spring (May in the Northern Hemisphere) starting in the third year of growth. If flowers become frost-burned, however, no fruit production will occur during the remainder of the year.