Let me first say how much I love fresh fruit and berries. It’s what summer is made of right?! Kiwi is one of those fruits I feel gets overlooked sometimes. Watermelon, strawberries, oranges, apples… they take center stage, but let me tell you WHY the Kiwi is something you should add to your menu.
First the Kiwi’s history…
It is native to China, known as the Chinease Gooseberry. It was brought to New Zealand later and renamed after their national bird the “Kiwi bird” because it resembled the birds brown hairy skin. See?!
Ahhhh… widdle birdie. Looks dangerous to me (lol).
Anyway, today the Kiwi fruit (technically a berry) is best known for its bright green insides and edible black seeds.
The kiwi tastes like a cross between the peach and the pineapple. It’s delicious!
What you probably DON’T know is it has
MORE fiber than a bowl of cereal
MORE Vitamin C than an orange
MORE Potassium than a banana
and MORE Vitamin E & K than an Avocado!
So, it’s super duper good for you!
Promotes better sleep, boosts immune system, rich in antioxidant properties, beneficial for fetal development, reduces the risk of diabetes and cancer, facilitates iron absorption, reduces risk of eye related elements, helps maintain healthy cardiovascular system, and lastly they have phytonutrients, which repair DNA!
So NO YOU KNOW!!! Eat kiwis!! Benefits all around.
How to pick them…
When you get to the grocery store look for an unblemished outer skin, and make sure it’s hard to the touch. If you need a ripe kiwi it would be soft to the touch but not too soft!
And now you’re ready to prep!
Then slice! This is so good and can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. Kiwi can also be frozen for future smoothies! Just flash freeze the chopped fruit after stirring a little sugar (1c Chopped kiwi with up to 1/4 c Sugar). So just place the “sugar fruit” on a parchment lined cookie pan and freeze. Then store in the freezer until ready to use! Simple!Isn’t that green gorgeous?! Lastly, just disregard the skins.
So… NOW YOU KNOW. I think it’s important to eat fresh when you can and this super fruit/berry is not one you wanna miss! I feel like most people don’t know enough about the fruit or veggie.
Also, most people dont know how to pick, prep and use said fruits/veggies so I decided to start this new series on my blog called NOW YOU KNOW. Sure hope you enjoy some fresh kiwi over your summer holidays!
Forever learning & creating,