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Hardy kiwi taste test

Hardy kiwis

We enjoyed a tasting of our first indoor-ripened hardy kiwis a couple of weeks ago, and now a few are starting to ripen on the vine. So what's the consensus?

If you eat with your eyes, you're unlikely to be pleased. These little fruits aren't at their flavor peak until they're quite soft on the inside and wrinkly on the outside (like the one in the upper left of the photo above). That said, the taste is quite good and very similar to the fuzzy kiwis from the store (without the need to peel the fruit).

I couldn't tell much difference between the vine-ripened kiwis and those I'd ripened in the house, though, so I picked the rest Friday to ripen up. Looks like we'll have some snacks to take with us to our new land!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Glad to hear thr kiwi finally came through for you...but just in time to move! Hopefully next year you'll be giving us tips on how to propagate and establish them in a new location. :-)

Also, for what it's worth, you don't have to peel the fuzzy kiwis, either. The skin is pretty easily chewable and the fuzzy texture surprisingly not-weird (in my opinion).

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