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Closeup of brown, fuzzy kiwifruit hanging from a horizontal branch in an orchard, with a grower's hand reaching up to pick the fruit from below.

Next Time You Eat a Kiwifruit, Don’t Thank a Bee

Honey bees and bumble bees excel at pollinating wide varieties of plants and crops, but kiwifruit is not one of them. A study investigating kiwifruit pollination methods found fruit developed on barely 3 percent of bee-pollinated flowers, leaving artificial pollination (by human hand) as the primary choice for kiwifruit growers.