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Best Kiwi Resource San Francisco 2008 - The Kiwi Man, Heart of the City Farmers' Market

Those of us who love the tart, juicy flavor of the kiwi revel in the merry months of October through April, when our favorite fruit appears in local marketplaces alongside artichokes, Dungeness crab, and other "R" month habitués. This is the time to feast on the kiwi's tanned skin, ebon seeds, and soft green flesh, to toss it in salads, drape it with whipped cream, or devour it au naturel, peel and all. The best place to find kiwis is the Heart of the City Market, where farmers from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa sell their produce at prices considerably lower than what you'll find outside the Ferry Building on Saturday mornings. Here, the always affable Kiwi Man sells his impeachably delectable examples of homegrown Actinidia deliciosa (contrary to popular belief, not all kiwi fruit come from New Zealand) in a variety of sizes; the smallest cost a mere 60 cents per pound, with plenty of fiber, potassium, and antioxidants thrown in free of charge. (The Man also sells sweet, chewy dried kiwi, an acquired taste.)

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