Did You Know We Grow Kiwi Fruit?

October 12, 2018

 

Did you know we grow kiwi fruit?

 

Yes! It’s true! Here in BC – specifically in Abbotsford and on Vancouver Island – you can get locally grown kiwi fruit from October to January.

 

The kiwi fruit originated in China. New Zealanders first imported the fruit in the early twentieth century, changing its name from the Chinese Gooseberry to kiwi, as the fruit resembled the kiwi bird – small brown and fuzzy. It wasn’t until 1986 that kiwis were harvested (for resale) in B.C.

 

Kiwi fruit are grown on trellises, with the vines blooming in June and the harvest toward the end of October. They’re an incredibly healthy fruit, with more vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas and more folic acid than strawberries. It has Vitamins A and E, a lot of fibre, and is rich in antioxidants.

 

So, how do you pick a good one?

 

And what can you use this fantastically healthy fruit for?

 

Eat Magazine says to choose kiwis that only resist slightly to the touch and eat them straight away once cut.

 

Kiwi makes a great smoothie, kiwi fruit pie, or as a yummy addition to a pavlova, fruit salad or parfait.

 

What’s your favourite thing to do with a kiwi fruit?

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