Judging by the size and skin, you would think of a grape at first. When you cut the kiwiberry it looks like a kiwi, but it is a kiwiberry! The kiwi berry is a relative of the Actinidia family and is a small variant of the kiwi. The skin is not brown and hairy like the kiwi, but mostly green and smooth. The fruit grows wild in many parts of China. In addition, it can be found in countries such as Korea and in northwestern Siberia. Most of the kiwi berries are grown in Chile, the United States and in the country of the kiwi, New Zealand.
The taste of a kiwiberry
The 'mini kiwi' tastes nice and sweet, especially if you sometimes find the real kiwi a bit too sour. Check the ripeness by feeling gently with your fingers: a little soft means perfectly ripe. The flesh has a bright green colour. It also smells very aromatic. Kiwi berries can be stored/matured at room temperature. When the fruit ripens, the skin turns dark green. When the kiwi berries feel soft, they are ready to eat. When the berries are ripe, store them in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life. However, allow them to return to room temperature before use.
So you don't have to peel the skin and you can eat it just like a grape. Super handy to put in your kids' bread tin or a snack at work.
What is healthy about a kiwiberry?
What the kiwi berry shares has in common with a regular kiwi is the high content of vitamin C. They also contain quite a bit of potassium, vitamin E and magnesium.
Where do you buy kiwi berries?
Unfortunately, they are not available in all supermarkets, partly due to the short harvest season. Kiwiberries are available in the spring (February, March and April) and in the fall (September, October and November). Would you like to see these kiwiberries in your supermarket? Then contact us and let's see how we can make this happen!