What are Kiwi Berries or Baby Kiwi?

(Last Updated On: May 13, 2015)

Baby Kiwi Berries

There is no doubt, I am serious fruit lover – who has no problem reaching my goverment recomneded daily dose of fruit. Even so, I am not a fan of all fruit. I never gotten into kiwi. No it’s not the fuzz on the outside that rubs me on the wrong way – it’s the flavor. I just simply don’t care for it. It doesn’t taste great. I can eat them without recoiling – I just don’t want to eat them. Even thought I have a negative opinion on the mainstream kiwi, it didn’t deter me from trying a different variety of kiwi. Years ago I heard about kiwi berries. They are tiny, baby kiwis that are most the size of grapes. You pop them in your mouth skin and all and enjoy. I saw them once in a store in Michigan but the $6 plus price for a small clamshell of them I felt was too steep to give these a try. I didn’t seen them again for a couple years until I was in southern California back in March of this year. At $2.99 I was more compelled to give these mini kiwis a try.

What Does Baby Kiwi or Kiwi Berries Taste Like?
Right off the bat, I have to say I like these way better than the traditional kiwi. My tongue dedicates a more powerful berry flavor. I really like the berry name because of the flavor and you eat them like a berry. One of the best parts is that if you are preparing a fruit try, you can just throw these right on top, without any preparation. No peeling or slicing kiwi. A good time saver.

They are Fuzzless
I know you don’t eat the outside of a regular kiwi, still the fuzziness bothers some people – especially if not peeled right. Well you will be happy to know that kiwi berries have no fuzz. They are as smooth as the surface of a nectarine. \

When are Kiwi Berries in Season?
They are imported from New Zealand during the winter months (February to March). They are available from US sources in the fall (September to November)

Where are Kiwi Berries Grown?
Just as the Kiwi we have all come to know, the kiwi berry is grown in New Zealand, but also in the U.S. They are more hardy crops, so you can actually see them grown in Pennsylvania (who would have ever though Pennsylvania and Kiwi would appear in the same sentence), Virginia, and Oregon. Kiwi berries actually can be grown in areas which feature cold winter temperatures. They are actually native to Sibera, Northern China, and Korea.