In 1934, on a small farm in the central valley town of
Chico, the USDA began experimenting with a Chinese vine they called
They peeled and plucked and prodded, and still, none of the bureaucrat
farmers could makes sense of the little
brown fruit. Useless, they declared, and shipped the the
vine off to the Pacific backwaters.
Much to his dismay, the natives loved it!
“ Those foolish gringos,” the natives laughed, “Lurking
beneath this hairy brown peel is
a tart little green wonderland."
Green with envy, the gringos demanded
their darned vine back. Back and forth the argument went, the
gringos vs. the kiwis.
kiwis won, but California was smart
enough to hold on to a few of those clippings. And lucky for us.
California's kiwi crop grows best
in the southern valleys near Los Angeles, down in Butte and Kern
counties. That's where ours come from. We scoop out the kiwi's
green flesh and add just a drop of sugar. Cook it up with
a little bit of lime and some fresh ginger to create a jam with
zest and zing!
It's yummy for your tummy.
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