Forget about apples and bananas. We love to investigate unusual fruits at the grocery store. Kiwi berries are mini versions of their fuzzy green cousins, and we can’t stop talking about them.
What Are Kiwi Berries?
Kiwi berries are bite-sized fruits that look like a fusion of kiwifruit, grapes and kumquats. The major difference kiwi berries and kiwifruit is that the berries have a leathery, smooth, green skin. They’re good for you, too! Kiwi berries are rich in vitamins C and E and naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, magnesium and potassium.
How to Eat Kiwi Berries
Kiwi berries are tiny but mighty—they pack the same bright, fruity flavor as kiwifruit, minus the fuzzy skin (which you should totally leave on, by the way). They’re small enough to be popped into your mouth like grapes, used as a garnish for cocktails, added to a fancy cheeseboard and mixed into fruit salads for a sweet and juicy texture.
Kiwi berries taste best when ripe, or when the berry feels soft to the touch. Like most berries, they can be enjoyed at room temperature but last longer (up to a week) when refrigerated. They can also be frozen and added to smoothies.
When it comes to using kiwi berries in recipes, they substitute nicely for a full-size kiwi. We also recommend making them into jam like this pineapple kiwi flavor or the more traditional strawberry-kiwi combo.
Where to Buy Kiwi Berries
You can usually find kiwi berries at grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sam’s Club or your local natural food co-op. Sam’s Club in particular has a reputation for stocking unusual fruit, like Grape Soda grapes.