California kiwifruit are available nationwide through the end of May.

Kiwifruit can be used as a garnish. Or it can be cut in half, and the fruit can be scooped out and eaten with a spoon. To peel, run a paring knife along the inside of the skin to pull it away from the fruit.Like peaches, kiwifruit are ripe when slightly soft to the touch. Hold the fruit in one hand and press your thumb to the fuzzy brown skin.

Kiwifruit can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month. To speed ripening, store the kiwifruit at least overnight in a paper bag with an apple or banana. Kiwifruit held at room temperature will ripen within days.

The California Kiwifruit Commission says that ounce for ounce, kiwifruit contains as much potassium as a banana, more vitamin C than an orange or grapefruit, and more dietary fiber than bran flakes. Each serving size, about two kiwifruit, contains 90 calories, 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat and 4 grams of fiber.