All in the fruit family

Kiwi berries

Illustration by Serene Lusano

Kiwi fruits, those fuzzy ovoids, grow well in California, so you’ll find loads of them at markets in early fall. Their little cousins kiwi berries like cooler weather, so they do well in more northern areas of the state. You may see these fuzzless fruits labeled as kiwi grapes or hardy kiwis. They can be eaten peel and all, and pack high quantities of vitamin C and potassium. Kiwi berries keep best in the refrigerator, but taste best at room temperature, soft and even slightly wrinkled, eaten by the handful.