Storing Kiwifruit

Even the best specimens of California Kiwifruit perfection can be ruined when they're not properly stored, so follow these simple storage and ripening tips to get every ounce of pleasure from your purchase!

California Kiwifruit may be a lot of things — fuzzy, funny-looking, delicious, delightful — but "delicate" they're not. They'll keep for several days at room temperature and up to four weeks in your refrigerator. (They can even be held in commercial storage for over 10 months ... but don't try that at home!)

Did you know that Vitamin C rich kiwifruit may help protect against asthma?
A study published in the April 2004 issue of Thorax that found that children eating the most citrus and kiwifruit (5-7 servings per week) had 44% less incidence of wheezing compared to children eating the least (less than once a week). Shortness of breath was reduced by 32%, severe wheeze by 41%, night time cough by 27%, chronic cough by 25% and runny nose by 28%. Children who had asthma when the study began appeared to benefit the most, and protective effects were evident even among children who ate fruit only once or twice a week.

If your kiwifruit's a little firm and you're getting anxious to eat it, try this: Place it in a vented plastic bag with an apple or a banana and leave it out on the counter for a day or two. It should ripen right up!