Kiwis taste delicious and are good for your health. Kiwis used to be called "Chinese gooseberries" until a successful name change and marketing push galvanized sales of the exotic fruit. Kiwifruit has now grown into a $350 million crop, and is considered New Zealand's top-selling horticultural commodity. Here are a couple ways to eat it.
- Eat it like an apple, skin and all. The skin of the kiwi is rich in dietary fiber and pectin, which aid in digestion.
- The skin of the kiwifruit is packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system, protecting against microbial activity and lymphocyte proliferation.
- The skin of the kiwifruit is also beneficial for the health of your skin. The vitamin C and E in kiwis have astringent properties and lighten skin tone while tightening pores.
- Chop it in half and eat the insides with a spoon. The fruit is easily separated from the skin, making this an effective and fun way to eat kiwi.
- Kiwi is beneficial to pregnant women. Not only does kiwi lessen the likelihood of constipation and other imbalances for the nursing mother, it acts as a source of prenatal vitamins for the baby.
- One study found that eating two to three kiwifruit daily for 28 days significantly decreased triglyceride levels in the blood, a key action in reducing the risk of blood clots.
- Another study found that kiwifruit helped diminish respiratory problems such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
- Take the peel off with a peeler, slice it up, and put it on whipped cream. This is a variation on New Zealand's national desert, called pavlova. A pavlova is made with a meringue base and topped with kiwis.
- The dessert was created in the 1920s to honor the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova after she visited the region. It is crisp on the outside and light on the inside.
- Juice it or blend it into a smoothie. If you want to sip your kiwi instead of bite it, consider the liquid option. Create a green juice using apples, kiwi, spinach, lettuce, and pineapple. Alternately, create a healthful smoothie by blending together:
- 1 kiwi, with skin
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional)
- Make a jam or chutney out of kiwi. A touch more exotic and sophisticated, kiwi jam is popular in New Zealand and is quickly gaining traction elsewhere in the world.
- To make a jam, you'll need kiwis, mason jars, and depending on how fancy you'd like to get, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and apples. Find a recipe in a cookbook or improvise!
- A chutney is a bit different from a jam. Chutneys can be sweet and savory, and usually contain a mixture of spices and fruit or vegetables.
- When using kiwi in a dessert using dairy products, make sure that you serve it within a couple hours because the enzymes in the kiwi will start to dissolve the milk proteins. The same goes for jello!
- Be careful when using sharp knives!
- Peel a Kiwi
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