Kiwi is an edible berry with a shaggy brown skin and bright green flesh with seeds and a white kernel in the center. Kiwi grow on bushes that resemble a vine. The harvest season is from November to May, although this fruit can be bought in stores all year round.
Kiwifruit is a low-calorie, fat-free food that has many nutritional benefits. It is rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant, prevents disease and slows down aging. One serving of kiwi contains more than two daily values of vitamin C. Recall that a serving for vegetables and fruits is the amount that fits in the palm of a person.
Kiwi is rich in fiber, and therefore helps control blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol and promotes weight loss. It is a suitable fruit to eat after a sports workout as it restores fluid and electrolytes in the body. Kiwi also contains magnesium, vitamin E, folic acid and zinc.
A study by the US National Institutes of Health found that eating kiwi helps adults fight insomnia. And the journal Human Hypertension suggests that kiwi fruit lowers blood pressure.
Even though the New Zealand kiwi season lasts seven months, it can be bought all year round. It is necessary to choose a ripe fruit, suitable for consumption. Kiwi should be slightly soft, but not too soft, as this means that the fruit is overripe. The color of the skin does not matter much, but the skin itself should be spotless.
Traditionally, kiwis are cut in half and the flesh is removed from the skin. However, the skin of a kiwi is quite edible and contains even more fiber and vitamin C than the flesh. Therefore, it can and should be eaten! But before eating, you need to wash the kiwi, as you wash an apple or a peach.
An excellent solution would be to add fresh kiwi to salads or smoothies based on them. Enjoy your meal!