The kiwifruit is a fruit with a very interesting history and whose recent rise in popularity reflects a combination of an appreciation for its taste, nutritional value, unique appearance and, surprisingly, its changing name. Known in ancient China as Yang Tao, the kiwifruit earned its way in that culture not just for its flavor, but also its medicinal properties, which science has today substantiated in numerous areas. It was named Chinese Gooseberries in the year 1960. By luck to New Zealand, the native bird was named after the native bird due to it’s light brown and fuzzy coat that resembles the skin. Currently, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, France, Japan and the United States are among the leading commercial producers of kiwifruit. Inside of this small, oval-shaped fruit featuring brown fuzzy skin resides a brilliant, semi-translucent emerald green flesh speckled with a few concentrically arranged white veins and small black seeds. Its flesh is almost creamy in consistency with an invigorating taste reminiscent of a mixture of strawberries and bananas, yet with its own unique sweet flavor.

Health benefits of the kiwifruit include Vitamin C, Vitamin K, cooper, fiber, Vitamin E, potassium, manganese and folate. The fruit is great source for controlling blood sugar, potentially fighting Asthma, and cardiovascular health. Other health benefits include
1. Helps Your Digestion with Enzymes

Raw kiwi contains actinidain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that can help digest a meal much like the papain in papaya or bromelain in pineapple.

2. Helps Manage Blood Pressure

Kiwi’s high level of potassium helps keep our electrolytes in balance by counteracting the effects of sodium.

3. Boosts Your Immunity

Kiwi’s high vitamin C content along with other antioxidant compounds has been proven to boost the immune system.

4. Improves Digestive Health

Kiwis are a great source of fiber. This prevents constipation and other intestinal problems.

5. Helps Clean Out Toxins

The fuzzy fiber of kiwi helps bind and move toxins from your intestinal tract.

6. Helps Fight Heart Disease

Eating 2 to 3 kiwis a day has been shown to reduce the potential of blood clotting by 18 percent and reduce triglycerides by 15 percent. Many individuals take asprin to reduce blood clotting, but this causes many side effects including inflammation and intestinal bleeding. Kiwi fruit has the same anti-clotting benefits with no side effects, just additional health benefits.

7. Suitable For Diabetics

Kiwi is in the ‘low’ category for glycemic index, meaning it does not raise your blood sugar quickly. It has a glycemic load of 4 which means it is safe for diabetics.

8. Creates Alkaline Balance

Kiwi is in the “most alkaline” category for fruits, meaning it has a rich supply of minerals to replace the excess of acidic foods most individuals consume. A few of the benefits of a properly acid/alkaline balanced body are: youthful skin, deeper sleep, abundant physical energy, fewer colds, less arthritis and reduced osteoporosis.

9. Protects the Skin

Kiwis are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin from degeneration.

10. Has Fewer Pesticides

Kiwi fruit is on the list of foods that are generally safe from a lot of pesticide residues. For 2016 it came in with the top ten safest foods. While it is always good to support organic when you can as a matter of principle, it’s also good to know whether there is a big danger if organic is not available or viable for you.

Recipes including Kiwi are

Kiwi Shortcake
Kiwi Fruit salad
Avocado Kiwi Salad
Kiwi Popsicles
Kiwi Chips
Kiwi Citrus Salad
Green Kiwi Smoothie