Curious Concord farmers market goers can try some unusual fruit this Saturday.
The University of New Hampshire’s kiwiberry research team will be set up in the New Hampshire Savings Bank parking lot along with the other vendors, and they are giving out free tastings 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 24. The kiwiberries, bred as an economically viable crop for small farmers in the north country, are smooth skinned, grape-sized, tropical tasting and easy to eat.
“Just pop them in your mouth,” the kiwiberry team advises.
Plant breeder Iago Hale has been experimenting with the fruit since 2013 at New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station’s Woodman Horticultural Research Farm. The berries themselves have been growing in New England backyards for 140 years, though this is the first research project of its kind. Little commercial production exists for the fruit.
Concord isn’t the first place to get a kiwiberry taste. The research team has been traveling to various farmers markets throughout the month of September.