Whatever Happened to Golden Kiwifruit?

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I was in Montreal a few weeks ago, and when I stepped into a grocery store I saw something I hadn't seen in a long time: golden kiwifruit. These are one of my favorite fruits — definitely in my top five — and while I used to buy them all the time, I never see them now.

Where did all the golden kiwifruit go?

Back in 2007 I asserted that these little fruits were almost better than ice cream. They're sweeter than green kiwifruit, with a mellow ripe flavor balanced by just the right amount of acidity. They're less fuzzy than the green fruits, too, so there is less chance of getting wisps of tough fibers in your mouth.

Golden kiwifruit were my favorite fruit to throw into my lunch bag; just halve and scoop out the sweet fruit with a spoon.

But then they disappeared from the grocery store. I haven't seen a golden kiwifruit in years. Where did they all go?

An official grower's site says that they are in season from May to October, but I didn't see any this summer. They were everywhere a few years ago — and now, nada. I did wonder whether it was a regional thing, since I often bought them in Florida, and their availability seemed slimmer here in Ohio. But seeing them so plentiful in Montreal made me wonder if there are import regulations at work here in the U.S.

Do you see golden kiwifruit in your grocery store? If so, where?

(Image: Faith Durand)

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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.