Fruity Delights

Monday, October 10, 2005

mini kiwiLast week was a week of new fruit, some of it nude! The fruit that is.

I spent thursday volunteering as art hostess at the Jacob’s Gallery. Part of my volunteer ritual is to stop at the downtown grocery store, the Kiva, to pick up edibles for my lunch, as I would have to shut down the gallery to step out.

new fruitsThe Kiva is a tiny grocery store that looks like a whole in the wall, but has a nice offering of organic goods and a great bulk section. My first apartment was down the street from them, and my roommate and I would wander the bulk section seemingly obsessed with smelling everything in the tea section alone.

Riding the high of payday, last week, I payed the Kiva a visit and picked up a tub of cute dehydrated raspberries. I’ve been eyeing these gems, but caught by the price tags, I always put them back. This time I grabbed them and have been enjoying these crunchy raspberries since. They’re called Organic Just Raspberries, and have a light crunchy texture. They would be interesting to grind down into fruit dust to sprinkle over desserts. They’re the consistency of Cheetos, or puffed rice cereal! One 1.5 oz tub is the equivalent of 3/4 lb of fresh raspberries, which puts me more at ease for paying over $5 for them.

For my gallery volunteer day I talked myself into buying a tub of the Just Strawberries. While figuring out what else I was going to buy for lunch, I decided my time at the gallery would be spent playing the part of a fruititarian, one who eats only fruit! I picked up three medjool dates and spoted the cutest things in the fruit section: little fruit containers labeled as being “mini kiwis”. They are tiny, grape sized, and look like apples with green skin that has a soft blush of rose to it.

new fruitsI like kiwis, but these looked sooo like not-kiwis. My curiosity won out and I put the tub in my basket while also convincing myself that chocolate is indeed a fruit product. The cashier saw my mini’s and gushed… “oh these are soo good!” which reasured me, even if they seem like prepubescent fruits (no fuzz too! Ooh, you didn’t want to go there did you?).

Oh, I almost forgot the best part about these mini’s- you don’t peel them! And for people with a fear of fuzzy fruit, these are a godsend.

So, I had quite the fruity cool lunch at the gallery. The dehydrated strawberries are sweet, aromatic and airy, a little like edible styrofoam… that tastes good. The kiwis are sweet with that slight touch of tartness, and a little bit of crunch from the seeds. Some of them also have a hint of pine flavor, much like mango does. Biting them in half reveals that they are indeed the kiwis we are all familiar with
… just in kitten form.

6 Comments

posted October 10th, 2005 at 7:13 pm

I’ve never seen mini-kiwi like this before. I will definetly be on the look out now – great for fruit displays!

- Joe
posted October 10th, 2005 at 8:27 pm

Hey, we just bought some of those! Up here, they’re called Anna Kiwis and we buy them from Mitchell Bay Farm, which is about 15 miles north on the island. We used them in our Paper Chef entry (which’ll be up tomorrow, I hope!) and oh my they are tasty!

posted October 12th, 2005 at 8:13 am

I love the idea of a fruit dust…too bad its only 9 am, I am INSPIRED!

  • Oh yeah! I totally got caught up inthe idea of adding it to pastry dough, or just sprinkling on top of whipped cream topped mochas!

    I’m also thinking incorporated into flour for fruit pasta.

    –McAuliflower

posted October 13th, 2005 at 9:19 am

Thanks so much for this entry. Costco has had these mini kiwis the last two times I shopped there. I’ve been intrigued but, of course, at Costco you have to buy such a large quantity that it’s not the right place for experimenting. Now I’ll feel much better about sliding them hopefully into my cart.

Do you have any idea if they’re immature or a different variety?

  • I think they’re a new variety as opposed to being immature because of their sweetness. Looking at the nursery’s website’s kiwi section, it looks like kiwis have smooth skin and fuzzy varietals. Cool that they have mini and smooth together!

    –McAuliflower

- rainey
posted January 2nd, 2006 at 8:19 pm

[...] use these dehydrated berries to make fruit dust to flavor homemade marshmallows [...]

posted July 16th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Just wondering if you could tell me where to find dehydrated raspberries. Having a very hard time locating them. Thanks, Robin Hiepe

Here are the links Robin: dehydrated raspberries and dehydrated organic raspberries. Thanks for the note- I just went back into this post to add hyperlinks for them too.

cheers
–McAuliflower

- Robin Hiepe

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