Nani Kore? Rainbow Kiwi!

CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH PHILLIPS

Rainbow Kiwi Plastic Bag | Okinawa Hai

At my husband’s almost-every-other-day stop to our local fruit stand he picked up something new that we’ve never tried before:  rainbow kiwi.

A search online of rainbow kiwi didn’t bring up much but I did find them under the name “red kiwi fruit”. From what I’ve read, many kiwi fruit are exported from China or New Zealand but these come from Fukuoka, Japan. They bag my husband bought was distributed through the JA company. He grabbed the last bag at the fruit stand for 100 yen. It contained about 6 kiwi fruit!

Rainbow Kiwi Cut | Okinawa Hai

On the outside they have a few visual differences from a typical kiwi fruit. They look a bit smaller and do not have as much fuzz on the skin. The fun part is when you cut one open. Inside they have a red center with a gold color as you get closer to the skin. There also seems to be less seeds than regular kiwi fruit.

The taste of these kiwi fruits is the best part! They were not tart at all but very sweet! Some kiwi fruit seem to make my tongue dry up out of tartness but these are sweet like candy. The easiest way I’ve found to eat them is to cut them in half then scoop out all the flesh of the fruit. We’ve enjoyed them on their own and also in smoothies.

Rainbow Kiwi with Spoon | Okinawa Hai

We haven’t seen these again since my husband bought them but it’s only been a few days. They may be available at normal JA markets (the one he got these from isn’t a JA store) so it is worth a look. If you do happen to see these at a fruit stand or store make sure not to pass them up thinking they are an ordinary kiwi fruit!


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3 Comments
  • November 4, 2013

    Sarah, we just bought Rainbow Kiwis on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka at a JA Store, very delicious and cheap, you got them again in Okinawa?

    Heide
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  • December 10, 2012

    The one we got this one from is a very small one. It is near the Okinawa Zoo. If you are coming from Kadena Gate 2 go down the road till you get to Kodomo no Kuni dori (it may say something about the zoo in English). Take a right onto the road, pass the zoo and Coco’s Convenience store. It isn’t too far down the road from that. It’s on the right hand side near a laundromat and I think an autoshop. This one is not a JA market that I know of. They also haven’t had any of these since we got it the last time 🙁

    The big JA market we go to is near Shields. I think it’s in an article on here. Hope that helps!

    Sarah
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  • December 10, 2012

    We are new to the island. Can you please tell me where the fruit stand you visit often is and where a JA store is? Thanks!

    Colleen
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