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Delicious Things In Small Packages

Posted by terrepruitt on September 22, 2015

So last Friday I received an organic produce box.  And I was actually a little surprised because I thought I had selected what I wanted in it, but that must have been the box before.  So I ended up with some things I don’t know that I would have kept in the box.  You might remember I first signed up to receive an organic box of produce as a way to get “stuck” with fruits and vegetables that I would pass by in the store or at a Farmer’s Market.  If I don’t know what it is, I am not likely to buy it and try to deal with it.  But when it is delivered to me then I am “forced” to learn about it . . . .well, at least learn a way to cook it and/or (just) eat it.  This past week we received Kiwi Berries.  I have never heard of Kiwi Berries before.

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These berries actually look like kiwis, but much smaller and not hairy.  And when you cut them open they look exactly like kiwis.  They are great.  So much better . . . to me . . . . than kiwis.  With kiwis you have to peel them and sometimes that hairy stuff gets on the kiwi and . . . . I just don’t like it.  My husband says he doesn’t mind it.  Well, that could be that most of the time when I give him a kiwi I have already peeled it and sliced it.  I like to make it easy for him to eat while he is at work.  So I am the one dealing with hairy skin.

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Since they were such an easy to eat fruit, I didn’t even look to see any recipes or anything.  Once I saw the pictures of them looking like kiwis I figured you can just eat them as it and we did.

Wiki says:

“Actinidia arguta (hardy kiwi) is a perennial vine native to Japan, Korea, Northern China, and Russian Siberia. It produces a small fruit resembling the kiwifruit.

The fruit are referred to as Hardy kiwifruit, kiwi berry, arctic kiwi, baby kiwi, dessert kiwi, grape kiwi, northern kiwi, or cocktail kiwi and are edible, berry or grape-sized fruit similar to kiwifruit in taste and appearance . . . . Often sweeter than the kiwifruit, hardy kiwifruit can be eaten whole and need not be peeled.”

I am seeing sites that say the kiwi berries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium.

They are like bite sized dessert.  If you like them, I am sure you can use them like you would use any berry or fruit; in a salad, as a topping for a pie, cake, or dish of ice cream or yogurt.  They can be pack in a lunch or eaten as a snack.  I am happy that I received something new to me in my produce box.  That is one reason why I started getting it.  But now that they allow us to pick what we want, I am not always being adventurous.  Sometimes I forget to check my order.  I am glad I forgot to check this week!

Have you ever heard of Kiwi Berries?  Have you ever had Kiwi Berries?  Do you like kiwis?

6 Responses to “Delicious Things In Small Packages”

  1. Sonja Troncoso said

    That was a nice article. About a month ago I helped out an appraiser friend of mine and as a gift he gave me an entire huge box of gold Kiwi. I had never seen gold ones before but they were the best ever. The skin was very thin not hairy at all and inside with a lot sweeter than the typical green tart flavor of a kiwi. Rene chooses to eat the skin on the gold Kiwis but I always slice them off. It’s pretty efficient to slice both ends and as it sits up right just carved down each side it goes pretty fast. If I have my choice I would be buying gold. From now on I think they only sell them at the Oriental market.

    Enjoy

    Sonja

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    • Ooo. Thanks for commenting. I love having conversations on my blog!

      I have never heard of GOLD kiwis! Cool. I probably would like them since they are hairless AND since is sounds like you CAN eat the skin. Super cool, to learn of yet ANOTHER fruit. Thanks!

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  2. Liv said

    I saw these at Costco and was wondering about them! What would you compare the skin to? Thinness of a grape? Are they/the skin crisp at all of just like biting into a regular kiwi? I was super curious but they weren’t offering samples. 🙂 Have you had golden kiwis? They are a more yellow color inside than green, have less hair on the outside and are much sweeter. So far, I’ve only seen them at the asian markets (SunGold/Zespri brand) but they are really good. Kind of pricey though but all of us like them so we buy it once in a while.

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    • Well, um . . . . yes, no, oh, I don’t know. I mean I have had some pretty thick skin on grapes . . . oh, let me put it this way . . . I think the kiwi berries we got were VERY ripe and when I tried to grab a handful my nail went right through. So the skin is kind thin, but it has more texture than a grape. Does that make sense? A grape is generally really smooth, the kiwi berry skin is more textured, but not necessarily tougher or thicker.

      And what? You bite into a regular kiwi? Hair and all? Ewwww. I don’t even like touching them. Liiiiiivvvv. Ewwww! I wish I would have brought them over the weekend so you could have seen . . . also, I was going to bring the Lavender Pure Citrus and I forgot.

      I have not even HEARD of golden kiwis until the previous comment. My friend just told me that she had received some once. I didn’t even know they existed. Less hair is so important. I don’t like peaches because of the fuzz. I prefer my fruit hairless/fuzzless. I might have to try them. Although I really like the kiwi berries because they are bite-sized!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      • Liv said

        HAHAHHAHAH NOOOOOOOO! i don’t bite into a regular kiwi! it was a typo…i think i meant to type grape there but clearly had kiwis on my mind. and your explanation of the skin totally makes sense. if i get some, i’ll let them get really ripe. 🙂

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        • My tongue got all ewwy. I was imagining that hairiness on my tongue. Yuck! They might not need to be really ripe, but I think ours were. One thing about organic and seasonal they seem to pick it and deliver it for immediate use!

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