Organic SunGold Kiwifruit

You gotta try these! So, you’ve tasted Green Kiwifruit before – maybe you liked it, maybe you didn’t – but SunGold Kiwifruit are much more accessible thanks to their extra sweet and mellow flavor. Kids love ‘em! Unlike Green Kiwifruit, SunGold Kiwifruit have a smooth, dark brown skin that is almost more a tender-shell than skin and a deep golden bronze flesh that is less acidic than typical Kiwifruit. I love the taste of the SunGold variety – sticky sweet, juicy and refreshing, tropical yet not intense.

SunGold is a newer variety from Zespri, a New Zealand organization that is essentially a cooperative of growers marketing their fruit to the world. The variety is already a smash hit in Japan, Taiwan and other Asian countries, but was only introduced in North America last year, so you may have to ask the produce manager at your local store to bring some in.

A SunGold Kiwifruit is ready to eat when it gives to a gentle squeeze in the palm of your hand. The softer the fruit, the sweeter and juicier they’ll taste. Store firm SunGold Kiwifruit at room temperature until they’re ripe.

SunGold How-To

When is SunGold Kiwfruit ripe? Hard = tart. Slightly Soft = Sweet and Juicy!

Ripening Info: SunGold Kiwifruit are picked hard but at peak maturity and ripen off the vine, slowly. An unripe SunGold Kiwifruit is hard and not very juicy, while a ripe SunGold Kiwifruit will make come back for seconds with its sweet and mellow flavor and juicy flesh! A SunGold Kiwifruit is ready to eat when it gives to a gentle squeeze in the palm of your hand. The softer the fruit, the sweeter and juicier they’ll taste. Store firm SunGold Kiwifruit at room temperature until they’re ripe, or place them in a paper bag to speed up the process by trapping the natural ethylene emitted by the fruit. Ripe SunGold Kiwifruit can be held at that stage for about week in the fridge if you’re not ready to eat them.

How do you eat a SunGold Kiwifruit? The easiest way to enjoy a ripe SunGold Kiwifruit simply slice it in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. It’s like a sweet treat in that comes in its own bowl!

What else can you do with SunGold Kiwifruit?discover ideas here.

SunGold Kiwifruit are fantastic for snacking but here are some of the other ways I’ve enjoyed them include: in smoothies, dried SunGold Kiwifruit, in Muesli, in a sauce over beef, in salads, served warm over grilled salmon, baked into muffins and as part of a salsa.

SunGold Kiwifruit is a sweet and mellow tasting kiwifruit being grown in orchards in New Zealand. This new variety is already a hit in Asia and is now gaining traction in North America as consumers get a chance to try its delightful flavor that’s less tangy than green kiwifruit.