Hayward Kiwi

wpe9.jpg (10443 bytes)Kiwi Fruit  is over 700 years old and grows on a treelike shrub which can reach 25 feet when trellised like grapes.   In southern China the fruit was called Yang Tao and prized by the court of the great Khans.  By the 19th century, the English cultivated it under the name Chinese Gooseberry.  It wasn't until the vies were brought to New Zealand that the kiwi fruit was given its commercial name, taken from the native kiwi bird.   The American GIs were exposed to the fuzzy brown fruit while stationed Down Under during World War II.    In the second half of the 20th Century the Kiwi became a major commercial crop in California where its season is the opposite of New Zealand which makes this fruit available year around.

The Kiwi has a unique flavor compared to a cross between strawberry, pineapple, melon,  peach with a little banana

Selecting and handling  Should be firm, round or oval shaped, free from bruises and skin breaks.  The skin should give slightly when pressed with the fingers.

Nutrition:  1 kiwi fruit = 45 calories


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