Kiwi Berries? Did you know there was such a fruit?

Hubby and I were on a recent vacation in Washington State, and one of the things we like to do is find local farmer’s markets and farms. This is how we found out about kiwi berries. We were on one of our daily road trips and stumbled upon an organic market stand called Cascadian Farm in Rockport, WA. Yes, it is the same company that has organic frozen foods, cereals, and granola bars in your grocery store. They have a cute little stand where you can purchase produce, ice cream, and coffee drinks. You can also enjoy a self-guided tour through the Skagit Valley farm. It was founded in 1972, long before “organic” was so popular. Being it was late in the season, the only berries they had that day were kiwi berries. We tried a couple and ended up purchasing a pint. So what is a kiwi berry?

The kiwi berry is the size of a grape, but has a smooth, hairless edible skin (not fuzzy like a regular kiwi). The berries can be green or brown. The flesh of the berry is bright green and has a sweet, aromatic flavor.

History of this fruit: Kiwi berries were formulated in 1946 by Dr. Van der Woodsen. He actually combined kiwis and berries by disconnecting roots from one fruit and connecting it with the seeds of the other fruit. It is so cool that something like this works.

These adorable berries are considered the most nutrient dense of all the major fruits. They contain almost 20 vital nutrients and are considered a super fruit!

 

Check out some of the nutrients in this fruit

Vitamins C, E, A, B2, B6, and Folate

Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Chromium, Zinc and Selenium

Soluble and Insoluble Fiber, Carotenoids

So what does this mean to us nutritionally? These nutrients can help reduce the chances of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and slow down the process of aging. That is a lot packed into a small fruit.

These berries are NOT available all-year round. The months they may be available are March, April, September, and October.  I am hoping to find some at either Trader Joe’s or Wholefoods!

Kiwi berries can be eaten alone as a great snack, in fruit salads, or even in cocktails. When shopping for Kiwi berries, look in the refrigerator section. If you have a chance to purchase them (and you don’t eat them all right away!), they should be stored in the refrigerator.

Have you had these delightful berries?  How did you like them?

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References:

www.naturespride.eu/products/kiwi-berries

www.kiwiberry.com/nutrition.htm

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