Kiwi Fruit

Excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre

 
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Kiwi fruit
Although the kiwi fruit is normally associated with New Zealand, it is originally from China. The seeds were brought into New Zealand by Isabel Fraser. It was initially called 'Yang Tao' literally translated, meaning 'sunny peach'. But because it tasted like gooseberry, people were calling it the ‘Chinese gooseberry’.

Due to political and economic reasons, New Zealand fruit growers renamed it ‘kiwi’ fruit (after their national bird). However, you may be surprised to know that New Zealand is only the 2nd largest producer of the kiwi fruit. The world's leading producer of the kiwi fruit is actually Italy.

The kiwi fruit is a high carbohydrate food. An excellent source of vitamin C - one kiwi fruit has 120 per cent of RDA of vitamin C. A good source of soluble dietary fibre (pectins), and also the mineral potassium.

Also contains ‘actinidin’ (an enzyme that can be as a marinade for meat tenderization). Cutting a kiwi fruit and rubbing meat 30 minutes prior to cooking will tenderize the meat, yet not change the taste of the meat.

Excellent source of:
Vitamin C – (90gm serving has about 85mg of vitamin C. Adult RDA is 60mg). A very important anti-oxidant vitamin. One of the lesser known health benefit of vitamin C is that it helps to unclump sperm cells. More info on vitamin C.

Good source of
Potassium - One of the most important nutrient mineral. Helps to prevent high blood pressure, maintains proper fluid balance in the body's cell, and helps maintain normal heart function.
• Pectin – a soluble fibre that helps control blood cholesterol levels and also works as a detoxifier.
• Dietary fibre
• Lutein (antioxidant) – for eye health
• Zeaxanthin (antioxidant) – for eye health

How to choose
Look for fruit with firm unblemished skin. Ripe kiwi fruit is soft to teh touch.

You can store unripen kiwi fruits at room temperature, preferaby in a paper bag. Do not store in a plastic bag as moisture collectig inside the plastic bag will rot the fruit before it has a chance to ripen.

Ripe kiwi fruits can keep well in the refrigerator for several days.

 


 

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