Thursday, November 10, 2011

What's a Kiwi Berry?

Kiwi berry variety "Aloha Annas"
from Kiwi Korners
KiwiBerry.com 
(click on photo to enlarge)

Have you ever had a kiwi berry before?

I'm willing to bet most of you will say no. Kiwi berries are rare in the US, which is why I thought it would be fun to share some info about these delicious berries. Then maybe the next time you see kiwi berries at your local market, you'll try them. Or ask your grocer to stock them!

We get these delicious little powerhouse fruits in our organic co-op once or twice a year around this time of year [mid autumn] and I look forward to them all year long. I even bought extras from the farm the share prior.

As I sat down to write what I knew about kiwi berries--all of which I learned through my co-op newsletter, I thought I'd better do a little research to make sure I had my facts straight. So I did a google search and read through a few sites. I found one site in particular that was very informative. I went to the fridge and looked for the name of the farm from which my kiwi berries came and guess what? The informative kiwi berry website I was reading is the website of the farm from which my kiwi berries came! My kiwi berries come from Kiwi Korners farm in Pennsylvania where Dave the kiwi berry farmer  tends his kiwi crops. His website is KiwiBerry.com [Hi Dave! Thanks for growing these delicious, nutritious, organic kiwi berries for me and my family! :) ]

Kiwi berries are the perfect size for popping in your mouth!
Kiwi berries are related to the regular kiwi with which most people are already familiar. Kiwi berries are about the size of a large grape, have a thin skin and no fuzz. The flesh of a kiwi berry is similar in taste to a regular kiwi, but perhaps a little bit sweeter and more complex. As far as nutritional value goes, kiwi berries are low calorie and very healthful. In fact, they're considered one of the super fruits--containing a range of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and are a good source of fiber, too! Check out the full nutritional profile of kiwi berries at KiwiBerry.com/nutrition. Even if kiwi berries weren't so incredibly nutritious, I'd still recommend you look for them at your local market and give them a try. They're so delicious!

The variety we got in our co-op today are the Aloha Annas. According to the KiwiBerry website, this variety has the flavor of kiwi, pineapple and a slight hint of mint. Let's see if I can confirm this. .... *pops one in my mouth* ... hmmm... maybe I need another one to be sure. *pop pop pop* *kid pops few* mmm. All gone. ;)

11 comments:

  1. I have never heard of kiwi berries before. I love kiwis, so I think I might try to find some around here.

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  2. They are so cute! Do you need to peel them first? Because that could be annoying. I’m always on the lookout for low-cal fruits since I usually eat them as snacks and dessert.

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  4. LOL!
    I had never heard of these! But I'll have to tell my mom about them, she and my dad do like kiwi

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  5. I haven't heard of these, either. And they are cute. You are so funny!

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  6. OK, I've never heard of these, and I live in a country that is one of the top producers of the kiwifruit (which I think y'all call a kiwi?) so I was like...ohhh! So I did a little searching and it seems we produce these too :)

    Thank you Christine :)

    PS I love this size comparison between kiwifruit and kiwiberries (http://www.nzkiwiberry.com/about_kiwiberry.html).

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  7. Wow, never heard and never seen these, but hey, they sound yummy! You're lucky! :)

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  8. I've never seen nor heard of these - fascinating! I'll be on the lookout for this unusual (to me) fruit.

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  9. I'm glad to have enlightened all of you on the existence of the kiwi berry. They're new to me about three years ago, so it's about time I spread the word!

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  10. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing....

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  11. I'll confirm that they are super delicious! And no, you don't peel them, just pop 'em in your mouth.

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