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Fascinating Kiwi Fruit Facts

Kiwi fruit is one of the most unusual looking fruits, as well as one of the juiciest and most flavorful. They are the national fruit of China. You can make excellent recipes with this fruit, such as a kiwi and strawberry trifle recipe. This fruit is named after the New Zealand kiwi, a type of bird, and they are known as “kiwi” or “kiwi fruit” in North America, South America and various European countries.

Health Benefits of Kiwis

Kiwis are hairy and brown on the outside and green inside with a central white pulp. There are edible black seeds inside, around the white pulp. Kiwi fruits are sweet and can be compared to a mixture of strawberry, pineapple, and banana, making them wonderful for trifle recipes.

This fruit, which is known as “macaque peach” in China, is rich in potassium, vitamins A, C and E and the seeds can be crushed to make kiwi fruit oil which is rich in an omega-3 essential fatty acid. This fruit makes a great supplement if you suffer from asthma. It can also reduce the likelihood of colon cancer because it is rich in fiber.

The History of Kiwis

Kiwis were introduced to the western world from southern China at the start of the twentieth century. A missionary brought them to New Zealand from missions in China. They reached England in 1952 and California in 1958.

The first successful crop was harvested in California in 1970. Their name was changed to “melonette” briefly but went back to “kiwi” because there were steep tariffs on melons. “Chinese gooseberry” was another name for kiwis. The golden kiwi, a new variety, was created in 1991.

The leading producers of this fruit are Italy, followed by New Zealand, Chile, France, Greece, Japan, and then the United States. Kiwis are also grown in China, around the Sichuan and Yangtze River regions, but in comparatively smaller amounts. So, the next time you enjoy your kiwi and strawberry trifle recipe you can reflect on the fascinating history of this yummy fruit.

Kiwi as a Garnish

Kiwi makes a great garnish, as well as a nice ingredient to add to desserts, because of its striking appearance. Cut into wedges, it adds sparkle to a fruit salad recipe, or you can slice it thinly and use it to top cheesecakes or other cake recipes.

You can even sandwich it between two sponge cake layers, along with whipped cream or buttercream frosting. Kiwi slices can jazz up a plate of salad or even be used to make a sauce or salsa for fish or something similarly delicate-tasting.

 

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