Did You Know There’s a Michigan State Kiwi?
Did you know there's a Michigan State Kiwi that is capable of growing in colder climates?
What is a Kiwi?
I'm sure most people know what a Kiwi is but for those in the back not paying attention, it's a fruit that is edible and is rich in vitamins C and K. The kiwi plant is native to China and Taiwan but grown commercially in New Zealand and California.
To be honest, I had never heard of a Kiwi until I was in high school when we made a field trip to Canada and stopped by a McDonald's that was selling Kiwi sundaes but I passed.
The Mysterious Michigan State Kiwi
A former Michigan State University graduate Robert Williams earned his doctorate in anthropology at MSU in 1980.
Williams lives in Washington state and now owns and runs a farm by the name of Broken Slovel Kiwi Farm.
Williams put together a strain of Kiwi that would grow great in colder weather and named it Michigan State Kiwi but most people have not heard of them. You can take a deeper dive into the Michigan State Kiwi strain that was created here.
The Michigan State Kiwi will grow in the Mitten State and have no fuzz on it like the ones you typically buy in the store. You can eat them as if they are a huge grape and not lose any nutrients at all.
You don't really hear of anyone growing these in Michigan, even at MSU but if you get this strain you would grow these on your property and add them to your healthy diet.
Meckley's Flavor Fruit Farm - Somerset, Michigan
Gallery Credit: Maitlynn Mossolle
Acai the Wonder Fruit
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