February - This month’s locally grown food features kiwifruit. Kiwifruit originated in China. In the 1940s kiwifruit was planted in New Zealand. The fruit was exported to the United States in the late 1950s and in 1960’s and 70s kiwifruit was planted in northern California. California produces almost 98% of the kiwifruit grown in the United States. The top producers of kiwifruit are Italy, New Zealand and Chile. The fruit was named the “kiwifruit” because of the fuzzy brown skin looks like a kiwi bird, the national bird of New Zealand. The emerald green fruit with tiny black edible seeds is among the top 10 most nutritious foods. The fruit has lots of vitamin C and potassium. California’s kiwifruit is harvested in the fall with a season that extends through May. It’s a great choice for local fresh fruit this time of year! Great for Valentine's Day too!