Kiwi Berries

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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 argutatheir 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

Replaces: grapes

 

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?

Lemon-Kiwi Berry Muffins

 

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Craving more? Try these recipes:

Kiwi Berry Parfait with Greek Yogurt and Toasted Coconut (from relish.com)

Kiwi Berry Tarts (from food.com)

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