Kiwiberry (Hardy Kiwi)

November 18th, 2009 | Fruit Maven

If you have an affinity for hairless dogs, think the sphynx is cute and have a lifetime membership at a laser hair removal shop, then this is the fruit for you!
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★½☆

Petite, greenish red, smooth skin roughly the size of an olive. Gorgeous bright green flesh and small black seeds.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

I’m not sure this is a technical word for a fragrance but it just smells fresh to me. Nice and fresh like a slightly sweet, slightly acidic spring afternoon.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★☆

Very soft, melting flesh. Slightly grainy here and there with a noticeable seed every now and then.

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Tart and sweet with good acidity.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

This is a fantastic kiwi. What a relief not to have to deal with all that fuzzy hair found on bigger kiwis. I love that you can just pop the entire thing in your mouth as if it is candy. In fact next year I may wrap these up and give them out at halloween to scare the parents when they go through their kid’s bag. (Yes, I am still talking about halloween even though Thanksgiving is a week away.) The acidity is balanced very well with the sweet and tart flavors. Ideally, I would drop the tartness from this little guy but many will love it as is and I wouldn’t blame them.

FRUIT

Hardy Kiwi

VARIETY

Unknown

PEAK

Fall-Winter

GROWN

Hurst’s Berry Farm
Oregon

PURCHASED

Grocery Store

NOTES

Common names are Kiwiberry, Kiwi Berry, Hardy Kiwi, Baby Kiwi, Dessert Kiwi and Cocktail Kiwi. This company has a great chart of some different varieties and some explanation about naming. I am anxious to find these in other varieties as it seems the flavor can vary from the tart to sweet sides of the spectrum. Yummy. Lots of helpful info about buying and eating them here.

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