This week’s Product Highlight is a furry vitamin bomb, which we use in our smoothies all the time. Since we love this fruit so much, we wanted to know more about the fruit aside the fact that it is known as high in Vitamin C. Here we go!
- The kiwifruit is in fact a berry(!) of a woody vine in the genus Actinidia and native to northern China where it was called “Yang Tao”, but changed to Chinese gooseberry by New Zealanders where the first commercial plantings occurred. Export to California, is where the fruit was rebranded “kiwifruit” because of its resemblance to the New Zealand kiwi bird
- Also have that slight tingling feeling in your mouth when eating a kiwi? You might have a slight reaction to the actinidain and/or raphides which can be allergens for some. More severe reactions can be sweating, sore mouth or throat and rashes
- This fruit supplies your eyes with protective lutein, a carotenoid that’s concentrated in eye tissues and helps protect against harmful free radicals
- Kiwis are a great source of fiber, which enhances the health of your digestive track and is known to have a mild laxative effect.
- Collagen, which keeps skin’s elasticity, is reliant on vitamin C as an essential nutrient that works in our bodies as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution and therefore improves skin texture
Tip: Firm kiwifruit ripen after a few days to a week when stored at room temperature, but should not be kept in direct sunlight. Store ripe kiwi’s far from other fruits, while it is sensitive to ethylene gas and tend to over-ripen
Tip: Raw kiwifruit is rich in the protein-dissolving enzyme actinidain. So for optimal flavor and nutrition don’t store that smoothie with milk or yoghurt for too long!