Kiwi Berries

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BASIC INFO

Names: arctic kiwi · dessert kiwi · grape kiwi

Origin: Japan · Korea · 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

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HEALTH INFO

Benefits: boosts immune system · subsides cancerous growth · helps maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and digestion

Nutrients: Vitamin C · fiber · potassium · magnesium · antioxidants

Replaces: grapes

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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.

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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.

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FUN FACTS

  • 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.

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RECIPES

Lemon-Kiwi Berry Muffins

Kiwiberry Salad

Chocolate-covered Kiwiberries

 

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