Good Things Come in Small Packages
I have to admit: I have a soft spot for miniature versions of things: baby Puma sneakers, mini cupcakes, bite-size éclairs, soup served in shot glasses, and my trusty mini whisk key chain. So I suppose it’s no surprise that I got all excited when I discovered a new mini fruit at the market the other day in Zürich.
Mini kiwis !
The most adorable little fruit, just a touch larger than a blackberry, and my new favorite culinary accessory. I have already finished 2 cartons in the past week, slicing and adding to fruit salads, decorating dessert plates, and enjoying whole as a snack, popping them in my mouth like I do with grapes. No fuzzy outer skin like the normal size kiwis we are more familiar with, nothing to peel, just a quick rinse and you’re ready. While the smooth exterior can vary in color from green to a brownish red depending on the variety, you’ll always find the same bright green familiar flesh and tiny black seeds inside. Very flavorful, with a perfect mix of sweet and tart, and packed with Vitamin C.
In northern Switzerland, the season for mini kiwis is between mid-September and late October, depending on the weather and specific location. I did some research online, and read about people’s discoveries of the mini kiwi in France, Italy, Oregon and California – Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods being two big names to carry them in the states. If you’re interested in using them in recipes, here’s a link to a grower in Oregon with plenty of recipe ideas, including Baby Kiwi Bread and Chicken, Shrimp and Baby Kiwi Kebabs. However you choose to enjoy them, better hurry up and find them near you – you’ve got one more month to go!