What's the Deal With: Baby Kiwi

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Baby kiwi apparently have not had time to grow their brown fuzzy jackets; they're naked and green under a thin skin. Turns out, though, that baby kiwi are in fact only a relative of their more grownup namesake.

We found them at Trader Joe's and had to try them. They don't need to be peeled; they can be popped whole, like a berry. They have a sweet, rounded taste without the acidity of a kiwifruit, and a slightly bitter aftertaste from the skin. Baby kiwi are fairly delicate and should be eaten soon after you buy them. They will last for a couple days in the fridge, but we found that refrigeration did not do any favors for their taste.

At room temperature, fully ripe, these are luscious little berries and we recommend you try them if you can find them!

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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