Learn more about this fuzzy fruit
How to select
Select kiwis that are free from bruises and soft spots. Avoid purchasing fruit that is wrinkly or fruit with blemishes. For juicier kiwis, select fruit that is firm and allow it to ripen on the kitchen counter. A ripe kiwifruit has a fragrant smell and is plump and slightly soft to the touch.
How to store
Kiwis can be ripened by placing them at room temperature for 3 to 5 days. Putting kiwi next to fruits that produce ethylene gas (i.e. apples, bananas, and pears) quickens the ripening process. Therefore, if you want to ripen the kiwifruit quickly, place kiwifruit in a bag with these fruits for 1-2 days. Ripe kiwifruit can be held in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks if they are placed in a plastic bag. The plastic bag reduces the amount of moisture lost keeping the kiwifruit fresh. Otherwise they only last in the fridge for about 7 days.
Ways to use
- Cut the kiwi in half and use a spoon to scoop out the inside.
- Mix kiwi with other fruit for a yummy fruit smoothie.
- Make a tropical salsa; combine kiwi with mango, peppers, honey, lime juice and cilantro for a quick snack.
- Pop it in yogurt, oatmeal, fruit salad, on a fruit pizza or a kabob.
Did you know...
- Kiwi grows on vines similar to how grapes grow.
- Originally called the Chinese gooseberry and later the “sunny peach”, it was renamed the kiwi after the national bird of New Zealand.
- In the 1980s New Zealand created a golden kiwi with no fuzz and a yellow colored inside.
- There are over 400 varieties of kiwi. A few cold-hardy kiwifruit varieties can be grown in Minnesota.