Cuteness alert: Smaller kiwi breed introduced in Minn.

Mini kiwis! We can't wait to get our hands on these.

Mini kiwis! We can't wait to get our hands on these.

We can't wait to try one of these little guys! The Pi Press reports that a smaller breed of kiwi, one suited to growth in cold temperatures is being introduced to Minnesota growers:

"They're the size of a large grape, no fuzz on the skin, so you can just pop them in your mouth," said Jim Luby, a fruit-breeding specialist with the University of Minnesota. The taste, he added, "is a little more sprightly."

If you can't wait for the kiwis to show up at your farmers market, Luby will be guiding a tour of two area kiwi orchards later this month with grower Eric Theship-Rosales and U of M's kiwi curator (um, best. title. ever.) Bob Guthrie.

Kiwi tour lowdown after the jump:

When: 1 p.m., Sat. Aug. 29 Where: Meeting at the Apple House at the U of M Horticultural Research Center, on the corner of MN Highway 5 and Rolling Acres Road (County Road 13).

For more information about the tour, contact Jim Luby at 612.624.5599 or Bob Guthrie at 651.488.7122. Also, here's some more information about the U's fruit-breeding program.