Names: arctic kiwi, dessert kiwi, grape kiwi
Origin: Japan, Korea, and Northern China
Plant: Actinidia arguta
About: Bringing kiwi berries to the United States is difficult due to the fruit’s short shelf-life and fast ripening. However, commercial production initiatives are underway and hobbyists in the U.S. are currently cultivating them.
In Season: March and April; September through November
Benefits: boosts immune system, subsides cancerous growth, helps maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and digestion
Nutrients: Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants
WHERE TO BUY
Store: alongside other berries
BUY this: fruits with smooth skin that yield when squeezed
AVOID this: fruits with breaks or soft spots
Shopping Tip: Kiwi berries are relatively new in U.S. grocery stores so it might be difficult to find a market that sells them. I found mine at Wegman’s.
HOW TO STORE
Place in the fridge for up to 1 week. For best flavor, let the berries return to room temperature before using in recipes.
- The vines kiwi berries come from can grow up to 20 feet long.
- Kiwi berries can grow from a seed-bearing pieces cut from another kiwi berry.