Eating healthy has become so much easier thanks to the abundance of fruit that tastes almost as sweet as candy. First, people went wild over cotton candy grapes, which taste like the spun sugar. Then, everyone was into the moon drop grapes that have a flavor fairly similar to the classic concord, but are shaped like miniature eggplants. Now, there's another fascinating fruit that recently caught our eye: the kiwi berry. The pint-sized produce, which reminds us of the super cute cucamelon, has been seeing a surge in popularity during its current peak season.
Courtesy of Lisa Canepa of Carmel Bella Farm
What Are Kiwi Berries?
The kiwi berry, or Actinidia arguta, is a perennial vine that's native to several countries in the northern hemisphere, including Korea and China, according to California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. If you haven't had the pleasure of sinking your teeth into this delicious fruit, it tastes exactly how you might imagine. They're basically a teeny tiny version of a kiwi, but without the fuzzy exterior. So, instead of taking the time to tediously peel each piece of fruit, which would be pretty difficult given their small size, you can just pop them in your mouth. Similarly to kiwis, the softer they are, the sweeter they taste, so if you like your fruit on the sugary side, make sure your berries are almost squishy.
Kiwi Berry Nutrition
Like all fruit, not only are these berries tasty, but they're also packed with nutrients. They're rich in vitamin C, high in fiber, and also contain potassium, magnesium, and vitamin E, according to Hurst’s Berry Farm International.
Courtesy of Natalie Wiser-Orozco
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Given that it's prime time for these bites, we've been seeing them pop up on social media recently. Lisa Canepa, who owns Carmel Bella Farm in Carmel Valley, California, actually grows kiwi berries on her farm. She recently showed off a handful of juicy berries that she calls one of her favorite fruits. Natalie Wiser-Orozco, a plant-based blogger who features healthy recipes on her website, The Devil Wears Parsley, writes that she often adds kiwi berries to her salads.
Kiwi Berry Season
The only downside about this bite-sized fruit is its extremely short season. In the United States, they're only sold in September and part of October, and because of their short shelf life, some grocery stores don't carry them at all. (However, they have been spotted at some popular grocers, including Trader Joe's.) Hurst’s Berry Farm International notes they only stay on supermarket shelves for about seven to 14 days, and once purchased, they should be eaten within a week. So if you see them at your local grocer or farmers market, make sure to snag a package or two and eat immediately.