Kiwifruit is an edible berry native to China. It grows on a weak, woody vine and must be supported for the vine to survive the growth of the fruit. The fruit itself is oval, about 3 inches long. It is entirely edible though the skin is often discarded due to the fibrous nature of it. It has a thin, fuzzy, tart, light brown skin and light green or golden flesh with rows of tiny, black seeds. The fruit has a soft texture with a sweet, unique flavor. It is also called the Chinese gooseberry due to an old catalog entry from 1904 describing kiwi as “… edible fruits the size of walnuts, and the flavour of ripe gooseberries.” The name stuck until the 1960’s when New Zealand began exporting it and changed it to kiwifruit due to its similar color and shape to the kiwi bird. Today, there are about 60 different species of this berry grown. While still predominately grown in China, they are also grown in New Zealand, Austria, Europe and the U.S. - mainly in California.
January 22, 2021