The Issai Kiwi originated in Japan and the name is translated into English as “One Year.” The plants grow vigorously and will reach 4 to 6 feet in the first year. The second season, the strong vines will flower and yield a fair amount of fruit. Issai is the only Kiwi vine that will yield fruit in the first year after planting; hence the meaning of the name. In the third season, the plants will yield a very nice crop of sweet and slightly tangy fruits—up to 10 pounds. The smooth skin of the fruit is light green with a green to yellow flesh; tasting will test their ripeness.