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Kiwi Fruit Facts

Kiwi Fruit - Super Food with Healing Properties

Here are some Kiwi Fruit facts:

Kiwi fruit is often categorized as a "superfood" due to its high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Studies have indicated that consuming kiwi may benefit overall health and can even help to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. In addition, kiwi has also been found to regulate blood sugar levels, promote digestion, and aid in heart health.

It’s been said that the Kiwi Fruit tastes like succulent green sherbet. It’s a delicious addition in fruit salads, green salads, juices and of course an exotic decoration for cocktails.

Sweet And Juicy: Kiwi Fruit helps remove excess sodium from the body

Kiwi Fruit History

The Kiwi Fruit originates in China and was taken to New Zealand by Chinese missionaries to start growing trials. It was originally known as the Chinese gooseberry and the New Zealanders then named it the Kiwi Fruit. It is also known as the Hayward Kiwi. Kiwi fruit didn't become widely popular until the 1960s, when California growers began producing it commercially. Now, growing trials made it possible for growing kiwi fruit in other countries, so kiwi fruit can be found all over the world, grown in countries such as New Zealand, Italy, Chile, Japan and more!

The Kiwi Fruit Chinese Origins

In Chinese culture, kiwi fruit is seen as a symbol of luck and fertility. It’s often given as a gift on special occasions such as weddings and the Chinese New Year. The fruit is also considered to be a symbol of prosperity and abundance. In addition, kiwi fruit has long been believed to have health benefits in Traditional Chinese Medicine, such as aiding digestion, boosting immunity and fighting cancer.

Growing Kiwi Fruit

It’s a vigorous climber with separate male and female plants needed to produce the luscious fruit. Kiwi fruit require full sun for growing and thrive in richly composted, deeply dug and well watered soils. Ideally, male and female plants are planted together about 1meter apart on sturdy frames or arches or wire rows. Kiwi plants require light pruning and protection from frost. In very cold areas, kiwi plants will not survive.

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Kiwi Fruit Facts - Nutrition and Health Benefits

The Kiwi Fruit is rich in vitamins C, E and A. It contains dietary fibre, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and copper. It has a remarkable ability to remove excess sodium from the body which is good for the average person who eats too much salt. The Chinese believe that it’s the tiny black seeds that perform this amazing feat. The Kiwi fruit is also rich in antioxidants and digestive enzymes. Kiwi fruit should be eaten as soon as possible after being cut as these enzymes make the fruit go soggy.

It’s a great fruit to add to your detox diet juicing recipes because its a good source of vitamin C.

Kiwi fruit is said to promote respiratory health and ease wheezing and night coughing. A fruit salad of sliced kiwi fruit with a little cinnamon powder sprinkled over and a dribble of honey before bedtime is comforting and helpful. An ancient Chinese cure for shortness of breath and coughing spasms is syrup made of fresh kiwi fruit with honey and finely crushed aniseed.

Storing Kiwi Fruit

To test for ripeness: apply gentle pressure with the thumb, the flesh of the fruit should give way. Don't use fruit that is over-soft, bruised or shrivelled. To speed up ripening you can place the kiwifruits in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana. Ripe kiwi fruits can be placed in the refrigerator.

For a Kiwi Health Booster Breakfast, try the following recipe:

Peel 4 ripe kiwi fruits. Slice them and sprinkle with sesame seeds then dribble over a little raw honey. Sprinkle with a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and 2 teaspoons of finely chopped mint. Top with plain yogurt.

Kiwi and Kale Juice

Try this delicious kiwi fruit and kale juicing recipe for a nutrient-packed treat:

  • 4 kiwis, peeled and quartered
  • 4 leaves of kale, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup water

Combine all the ingredients together in a blender or juicer. Blend or juice until smooth, then pour over ice and enjoy!

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