The kiwi fruit is not only delicious but has several health benefits. Let's talk alittle about this wholesome fruit!
This fruit also known as the Chinese gooseberry, originated in the Yangtze River valley, and the coastal Zhejiang Province in China; then brought to New Zealand and to the other parts of the world.
The kiwi fruit is scientifically known as Actinidia deliciosa, whereas the name kiwi originated from a native bird of New Zealand, which is called kiwi. Today the fruit is cultivated and consumed in several countries across the world.
The kiwi fruit has a "hairy" brown skin and contains a white pulpy center surrounded by a refreshing green flesh with tiny black seeds. The fruit has a sweet and mildly tangy taste.
And now for the Kiwi's health benefits! The sweet kiwi is a rich source of several useful nutrient elements like vitamins, proteins and fiber. The fruit is a rich source of vitamin C and also contains vitamins A and E. It also contains some amount of potassium as well. The "hairy" skin of the Kiwi fruit is a source of flavonoid antioxidants. Surprisingly enough, oil can be extracted from the tiny seeds of this fruit which contain an average of 62% alpha-linolenic acid. The fruit has a high amount of dietary fiber, which is one of the reasons for its mild laxative properties.
There are several ways you may want to enjoy this delicious Kiwi fruit. Many people like to consume it with the peel, whereas others like to peel the fruit before eating. Kiwi fruits can be used in fruit salads, jams, jellies, and even beverages. Here is a recipe I found on the internet that sounds absolutely yummy!!
Sweet and Sour Kiwi Jam Recipe
This is a delicious Kiwi and strawberry jam that can be a great spread for breads and toasts. The goodness of fresh Kiwi fruit combines with the sweetness of pineapple, and the lemony tang makes for a great jam which can be enjoyed anytime!
•Kiwi fruit (sliced) - 3 cups
•Strawberry juice - 1 cup
•Pectin - 1 Packet
•Lemon juice - 2 tablespoons
•Sugar - 4 cups
•Take the chopped kiwi fruit, strawberry juice and pectin in a pan.
•Heat the mixture and slowly add sugar.
•Keep stirring the mixture vigorously until the sugar is completely dissolved.
•Bring the mixture to a boil and keep on removing the foam occasionally.
•Turn off the flame and allow the mixture to cool for about 15-20 minutes.
•Now pour the jam into clean and dry storage jars.
•While pouring make sure that you leave sufficient room at the top and seal the jars carefully.