1. WHAT IS IT?
AKA: hardy kiwifruit, arctic kiwi, dessert kiwi, grape kiwi
Countries of origin: Japan, Korea, and Northern China
Plant of origin: Actinidia arguta—their vines climb and intertwine, encouraging horizontal growth for easy maintenance and harvesting.
History: 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
2. IS IT HEALTHY?
Nutritional Value: Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants
Health Benefits: boosts immune system, subsides cancerous growth, helps maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and digestion
3. WHERE CAN I FIND IT?
Where: 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.
4. HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Store: Place in the fridge for up to 1 week. For best flavor, let the berries return to room temperature before using in recipes.
5. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT. . .
- 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.
6. BUT HOW DO I EAT IT?
Craving more? Try these recipes:
Kiwi Berry Parfait with Greek Yogurt and Toasted Coconut (from relish.com)
Kiwi Berry Tarts (from food.com)