Sep. 09, 2020

Kiwi Berry season is here!

Join us for a virtual tour of our kiwi berry fields in Oregon’s scenic Umpqua River Valley! Sunlight filters through the canopy, illuminating beautiful kiwi berries hanging on the vines. The berries are starting to develop their characteristic blush over a green background, signaling harvest is near! Paul Norris, Carrie Norris, and Gage Thompson are our tour guides as we explore under the canopy.

These berries are beginning to form the pretty blush color that signals we are close to harvest!

Paul Norris, who is also an MD in addition to being a farmer, discusses the health benefits of kiwi berries. They are very high in vitamin C, K, and E, as well as rich in phytochemicals, which function similarly to antioxidants. He also explains a study that shows kiwi berries lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein), the bad cholesterol, and raise HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the good cholesterol. High levels of HDL cholesterol can lower the risk for heart disease and stroke. Kiwi berries are also rich with potassium, magnesium, and fiber.

Paul Norris, MD, shows off the beautiful kiwi berry canopy!

Kiwi berries are sweet, but not fuzzy like their larger cousin the kiwifruit. Carrie Norris finds the berries to be sweeter than their cousin, kiwifruit. To discover optimal flavor, she suggests waiting until the berry is a bit squishy and soft, even if they look a bit wrinkly. Kiwi berries are “poppable” and don’t require peeling. They work well on top of salads, in Asian dishes, or as an afternoon snack. Their sweetness makes them very popular with children.

Harvest will start September 12, arriving to retailers soon after. The harvest window is short, so keep an eye out for these sweet little gems that are only available for a limited time!

Carrie Norris enjoying the sunlight in one of our kiwi berry fields.