Cooking with Mandy: Kiwi berries

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If you’ve never heard of kiwi berries, you are in for a real treat! Kiwis the size of berries. What’s not to love?

This week in our CSA share, we received a small container of these adorable baby kiwis and we fell in love. While they look almost cartoonish, these delicate snack-size kiwis are not some by-product of a “Honey-I-Shrunk-the-Kids” science experiment. They’ve been around for hundreds of years, mostly indigenous to cold weather climates, such as northern China and Siberia. Until recently, they have not been a common grocery store item in the United States because they have such a short shelf life, but farmers in some of the cooler states, such as Pennsylvania, Washington, and New Jersey, have tapped into this specialty crop and are making kiwi berries more readily available for us state-side folk.

Kiwi berries are slightly sweeter and tangier than their larger parent fruit and they packed with a healthy burst of nutrients. They are a great source of vitamin C and fiber, and are a perfect sweet-tooth fix.

Kiwi berries are indeed related to the more familiar kiwi fruit, as they are just small kiwis without the brown fuzzy skin. So, yes, you can eat the skin on these little gems! Just pop them in your mouth like grapes!

What else can you do with kiwi berries? We’ve got a whole list of ideas for you to enjoy these unique tiny fruits:
  1. Eat as a snack, like grapes
  2. Toss into a fruit salad
  3. Garnish a pie or cake
  4. Top your oatmeal or overnight oats
  5. Top your yogurt or chia pudding
  6. Use in cocktails
  7. Garnish cheese board

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