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What Are Kiwi Berries?

By Lori A. Selke

Kiwi berries look like grape-sized kiwi fruit without the fuzz -- and, in fact, they are a close relative to the full-sized kiwi. Both are part of the larger gooseberry family. Kiwi berries are also sometimes called baby kiwi or hardy kiwi; the latter name indicates that they can be grown in colder temperatures than conventional kiwi plants. Because they lack the fuzzy skin of their relatives, kiwi berries can be eaten whole, without peeling.

Seasonality and Availability

Kiwi berries have a short growing season. Kiwi berries are local to the Pacific Northwest, where they are harvested from September through November. They are also imported from Chile and New Zealand, when they are available in the spring months.


Kiwi berries are a "superfood," which means they are packed with nutritional value. They are an excellent source of vitamin C -- one 6-ounce serving of kiwi berries provides all your daily needs for this vitamin. The same serving size also provides about one-third of your daily fiber needs. Kiwi berries are also a respectable source of vitamin B6, calcium, potassium and vitamin E.

How To Store

Kiwi berries are ripe when they are soft to the touch; they continue to ripen once picked, and their skin turns darker, as well. They can be stored at room temperature until they are ripe, after which they should be refrigerated. Let them return to room temperature before serving for best flavor.

How to Eat

Kiwi berries are rarely cooked, although they can be utilized in a fruit tart. Most often, they are eaten out of hand, so toss a handful in a lunch box for a mid-day treat. You can also add them to fruit salads, either whole or cut in half to expose their striking seed pattern. Or cut them in quarters and serve them over yogurt for breakfast, with or without granola to accompany. Try them atop a spinach salad along with or as a substitute for sliced strawberries.


About the Author


Lori A. Selke has been a professional writer and editor for more than 15 years, touching on topics ranging from LGBT issues to sexuality and sexual health, parenting, alternative health, travel, and food and cooking. Her work has appeared in Curve Magazine, Girlfriends, Libido, The Children's Advocate, Decider.com, The SF Weekly, EthicalFoods.com and GoMag.com.