Little, itty-bitty, baby kiwi!

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When I saw these at Trader Joe’s a while back… I just couldn’t resist! They were each about the size of a whole walnut, with smooth, tender skin. Here is how Melissa’s Produce describes them:

Baby Kiwis, cousins of the Kiwi Fruit, are luscious berries with smooth skin, delicate seeds and are similar in size to the grape. They are high in nutritional value and make excellent snacks. Baby Kiwis’ beautiful green skin lacks the undesirable fuzz found on the larger, well-known variety. They are just as delicious and refreshing as well. Baby Kiwis are handpicked and immediately hand-packed with care. They have a shelf life of 7 to 14 days. Eat Baby Kiwis whole right out of the hand or create delightful snacks and hors d’oervres for any occasion.

Most of the photos that I saw online, showed the fruit as being a brillian green. Mine on the other hand, had this crazy-beautiful, crimson center. Just look at these!

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They were tender, super sweet and reminded me VERY MUCH of a gooseberry. Did you know that our standard kiwi is sometimes called a “Chinese Gooseberry”? Now I know why!

You can read all about them on the Specialty Producesite that I often use to obtain information on various fruits and vegetables. If you happen to bump into these little beauties in your local grocery store, I highly recommend you try them. Our package lasted about 10 minutes between myself, the Husband and the 4-yo. We all loved them and couldn’t stop gulping them down. Though I did feel a little guilty that they were anything but “local”… having come in all the way from New Zealand. Hmmm… for the love of food research???

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4 Comments to “Little, itty-bitty, baby kiwi!”

  1. Tram says:

    Wow!!!! it’s like the better-looking sister of kiwi, lol!!!

  2. Megan says:

    They look delicious! I’ve never heard of them before, but now I’ll be on the lookout. Thanks!

  3. Ali says:

    Hi there,
    I just stumbled upon your blog after spending the day eating & shopping in the north end of Boston. Anyway, these little kiwi look amazingly like hardy arctic kiwis, which will grow even as far north as Maine!

    The Fedco catalog says: “Actinidia arguta Michigan State Kiwi (female) Summer. Michigan State University. Grower Tom Vigue calls the thumb-shaped thumb-sized fruit, “sweet and most highly luscious.” Larger than other varieties.” I bought some from a farmer’s market last year and they were fabulous. Just thought I’d let you know you might be able to find these from somewhere closer than New Zealand.

  4. Hillary says:

    They are definitely much browner inside than their adult counterparts! :) As for feeling guilty – I don’t think you should. I can’t imagine they produce baby kiwis locally…whereas other fruits and veggies come from afar but you could have bought the same thing from home.

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