Fair warning readers, your fearless author felt compelled to eat more than a few hot peppers in preparation for this article. Chili, chile, or chilli peppers, spelling dependent on region, have become a staple in kitchens worldwide. All are of the genus Capsicum and members of the nightshade family. In this article we will take a very brief trip through the history and physiological effects of this native of the Americas that has since conquered the international palette.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Nine Stars Ranch, just outside of Wilsonville, Oregon. Nine Stars Ranch is the largest grower of kiwi berries in the US! Kiwi berries are native to Asia, and all of the fruit at one time was being grown and shipped overseas to Japan. Kiwi berry season is here, we are lucky to now have this locally grown super food in stock!
Nine Stars Ranch has been been producing kiwi berries for 15 years. They have been selling their produce to Organically Grown Company for the last 5 years. The kiwi plants cover 12 acres of land, with 180 plants, and more being planted every year.
Kiwi berries and the standard fuzzy kiwi are very different. Kiwi berries are about the size of a grape, and have a smooth skin. Kiwi berries are meant to be eaten whole, no fuzzy skin to peel. They are also not as acidic as the fuzzy kiwis, and tend to be a lot sweeter than fuzzy kiwis when they are ripe. Kiwi berries are at their ripest when they are soft. Color does not matter when selecting ripe kiwi berries, the red that occurs on them is just from their exposure to direct sunlight.
Kiwi Berries are a powerhouse of nutrition! Packed full of vitamins, minerals, and enough antioxidant properties to put them in the super food category! Kiwi berries are a great source of vitamins A, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, folate, beta carotene, lutein, and xanthophylls. To Top it off pound for pound kiwi berries have more potassium than a banana, twice the vitamin E of an avocado, and five times the vitamin C content of an orange!
Kiwi berries are available to us for short time in the fall. With supplies being limited, they are definitely worth trying while they are in stock!
Spring has arrived in the produce department…