I’m always keen to be introduced to new things and in the case of these sweet little kiwiberries – berry fruits known as NERGI® or baby kiwis, I was right to be intrigued. It turns out that baby kiwis aren’t really a new thing at all. They have been cultivated in France since 2013 and they are being grown more and more across Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands, too. One particular NERGI® producer, Françoise Lafitte, spotted kiwiberries in New Zealand and decided to start growing and observing them in his orchard in the Landes region of south west France to see what would happen. However, they actually originated in Asia and the kiwiberry has existed in the wild for centuries. NERGI® berries are grown in specific areas, because they need to ripen in warm sunshine. They are a naturally sweet fruit berry and contain lots of nutrients, too. We love them and with my first sample packet of NERGI® I made this beautiful, light and fresh Burrata Salad.
NERGI® or Kiwiberry Facts
- Kiwiberries are in season in Europe from September to November, so you should start to spot them from about now.
- They have a smooth exterior with a thin skin, so you can eat them whole and there is no peeling required. They are about the same size as a cherry tomato and make the perfect, portable snack food for this reason. They are handy and easy to eat and there are plenty of ways to enjoy them as snacks.
- Kiwiberries are naturally sweet with a tiny bit of acidity, so they pair really well with sweet or savoury dishes. I usually add sliced peaches or summer fruit berries to my salads, so the Kiwiberries made a perfect alternative.
- Kiwiberries are full of vitamins and nutrients – a bit like a mini vitamin bomb! They are my new secret weapon for getting more vitamins into the kids.
- They keep for around 3 days at room temperature and for up to a week in the fridge. However, you can cook them or bake with them, too.
- For the 2015 season, growers are expecting to produce the equivalent of one million packets of 125g of the fruit. They are non-GM, hand-picked and are sustainably farmed.
- Due to their high vitamin C content, NERGI® berries fall under the ‘superfruit’ category. They also contain vitamin E, potassium (beating strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries) and they contain calcium, phosphorus and fibre. NERGI® berries contain 52 calories per 100g of fresh fruit.
I’m hooked. What’s not to love?!
Image supplied by NERGI®
For more recipes using NERGI®or Kiwiberries take a look here.
You could also pop over to the NERGI® baby kiwi Facebook page for more information and ideas.
- Helen also created this Kiwiberry Green Fruit Salad with Lemongrass Syrup.
- Katherine made these Zesty Orange Chia Pancakes with Kiwiberries.
- Emily made these adorable (vegan) Kiwiberry Cheesecakes.
Have I tempted you enough? Let me know if you spot them and try them! I’d be eager to know what you thought.
Disclosure: I received a sample packet of NERGI® baby kiwi to taste and to create my recipe with. My post contains a recipe that I was commissioned to create and I have been compensated to write this post.