Vitamin C is considered an important nutrition component of fruits, especially of kiwifruit. Traditional destructive method for vitamin C measurement is very complex and fussy. Near Infrared (NIR)spectroscopy is a promising technique for nondestructive measurement of fruit internal qualities, such as soluble solid content (SSC), valid acidity (VA). The objective of this research was to study the potential of NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy as a way for nondestructive measurement of vitamin C content in "Qinmei" kiwifruit. NIR spectral data were collected in the spectral range of
800-2500 nm with different combinations of resolution (4 cm-1, 16 cm-1 and 32 cm-1) and scan number (32, 64 and 128). Statistical models were developed using partial least square (PLS) method. The combination with resolution of 4 cm-1 and scan number of 64 gave the best result when all samples were used in calibration sample set. Then two spectral pretreatments multiplicative signal correction (MSC) and standard normal variate (SNV), and three kinds of mathematical treatment of original spectra, first derivative spectra and second derivative spectra were discussed. The PLS model of second derivative spectra using SNV pretreatment turned out better prediction results: correlation coefficient (r) of 0. 93, root mean square error of calibration (RMSEC) of 9.24 mg/100g and root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP) of 10.3 mg/100g. The results of this study showed that NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy could be used for kiwifruit vitamin C prediction. The higher the resolution, the better the results, but longer time will be taken, which may not be suitable for on-line use. Therefore, further research still needs to be done.