Do kiwis grow in Nova Scotia? Yes! Well, sort of... The convential fuzzy-skinned kiwi that we typically buy at the grocery store (and that are from China) aren't grown here; but arctic kiwis are!
I was at the Halifax Seaport Market on Saturday and while buying my veggies I came across a little display of 'arctic kiwis'. Well, well, well..I thought..what are these?
Wow...kiwis...in Nova Scotia. They're about the size of a large grape, don't have a fuzzy coating, but look just like kiwis on the inside, and taste like a kiwi. Awesome!
What about nutrition? Well, according to that little sign there next to them, they are high in antioxidants, have 5x the vitamin C of an orange, are full of vitamin A and E, are a good source of potassium, copper, iron, calcium and manganese, contain 20 vital nutrients, and are high in fiber. There isn't much other information available out there but I'm sure there will be as more people start growing them.
At this time, there is only one kiwi grower in Nova Scotia and the kiwis can be found at Elmridge Farms at the Halifax Seaport Market. You know what else they had? They also had local artichokes. Crazy!! I've got another post coming up for those too (once I figure out what in the world I'm going to make with them).
This is what is great about Nova Scotia - they are really starting to grow unique items like haskap berries, arctic kiwis, artichokes, etc.. I see lots and lots of opportunity in this province coming up in the next few years.
Stay tuned for the post on artichokes - anybody have any suggestions? I only bought 3 of them...