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This sweet, delicious fruit may be small in size but
don't let its appearance fool you. A 1997 study (conducted
at Rutgers University in New Jersey) determined that
ounce for ounce the kiwifruit provides the most nutrition
value in a fruit! Just how much nutritional value does
the Kiwifruit provide? Just one serving (two medium
sized kiwifruit = 1 serving) is...
- An excellent source of vitamin C under
FDA definitions, offering 60 milligrams per serving.
- A good source of dietary fiber, with 4 grams a
serving, 16% of the RDA.
- A good source of potassium,
containing more than 10 percent of the recommended
- A good source of vitamin E, which is extremely hard
to find in low-fat food sources.
- A potent source of antioxidants, containing a wealth
of phytonutrients, including: carotenoids, lutein,
phenolics, flavonoids and chlorophyll.
A remarkably good complement of amino acidsóthe
building blocks of protein.
- Very low in sodium and contains no cholesterol and
virtually no fat only about 1 gram per serving
from the tiny black seeds.
- A significant source of folic acid, copper and manganese,
all of which are limited in the American diet.
Who knew something that tastes so good could
be that healthy?
Kiwifruit is low in fat-, sodium-, and cholesterol-free,
high in vitamin C and fiber, and a good source of
potassium. They are also rich in vitamin E, a phytochemical
that helps protect blood cells, muscles, and lung
and nerve tissue.
- The kiwifruit was originally called Chinese
gooseberry. New Zealand promoters realized they were
the American cold war mentality, so they deleted
the reference to what was then a feared country,
and substituted a reference to the national bird.
- In 1904 "Yang Tao" (aka kiwifruit)
were first exported to the United States.
Good kiwifruit is plump and oblong, with thin, brown,
fuzzy skin. The flesh is emerald-green with tiny
edible black seeds; flavor is mild and sweet. Unripe
fruit will be firm to the touch; ripe fruit will
give to gentle pressure.
The Fresh1 kiwifruit comes is California and Chile
and is available year round.
Ripen your kiwifruit at room temperature, and then
refrigerate. To ripen kiwifruit quickly, put it in
a paper bag with a banana or apple for 24 hours.
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