Focus on the Produce Department: Kiwifruit

A fun activity when you are grocery shopping with your family is to search out a fruit or vegetable you haven't tried before and add it to your shopping cart. A fruit we encourage you to try, if you haven't already, is kiwifruit. This fruit with the fuzzy brown skin is about the size of a large egg. When you cut it open, you will reveal a bright green flesh that is dotted with many tiny black edible seeds. The tangy sweet flavor is a mix of strawberry, citrus and melon.

KiwifruitThe newer gold kiwi looks just a bit different on the outside with smooth skin and a hard pointed crown at one end. The flesh of the gold variety is a sunny yellow, and the edible seeds are black to red. This variety tastes sweet and mellow, a mix of mango and melon flavors.

Kiwifruit got its name from the flightless national bird of New Zealand, where much of the kiwi we sell in the United States comes from. The fruit was originally grown in China where they are known as Chinese gooseberries.

Ripe kiwifruit should be soft to the touch, like a ripe peach or avocado. An easy way to eat it is right out of the skin. Simply cut it in half and scoop the flesh out with a spoon. We would encourage you to even try eating this fruit with the skin and all since most of the nutrients lie directly under the skin. Just rinse it with cold water while you gently rub off the fuzz that covers the skin.

Although most people simply eat this fruit out of hand, we found a recipe for a Kiwi Cooler that is a refreshing summer drink. Try it and enjoy this sweet fruit in a new way.

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