There’s nothing on earth like kiwifruit. Brown and fuzzy on the outside, green and zesty on the inside — kiwifruit is a festival of flavor for those adventurous enough to try it. One sweet/tart taste of California Kiwifruit, and most first-time tasters become lifetime fans!
California produces around 98% of the kiwifruit grown in the U.S.
From ancient China to cutting-edge California, the story of kiwifruit is a rich and colorful saga for which new chapters continue to be written today.
In 1962, a California produce dealer began importing New Zealand gooseberries to satisfy the request of a lone Safeway shopper. The dealer renamed the product “kiwifruit” because of its resemblance to the fuzzy brown kiwi — New Zealand’s funny-looking national bird. By the late 1960s, California began producing its own kiwifruit in the Delano and Gridley areas.
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California Kiwifruit Health Benefits
Many people mistakenly believe kiwifruit is simply a hybrid of other fresh fruits — perhaps a combination of strawberries and melons, or bananas and mangos. Nope, kiwifruit is actually and entirely a unique fruit, born in China and cultivated today in California as well as dozens of others countries. Check out the kiwifruit’s amazing health benefits below.
Kiwifruit Promotes Beautiful Skin
Collagen, the skin’s support system, 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 smoke, smooth wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. California kiwis are loaded with vitamin C.
Kiwifruit Can Help You Sleep Better
According to a study on the effects of kiwifruit consumption on sleep quality in adults with sleep problems, it was found that kiwi consumption may improve sleep onset, duration, and efficiency in adults with self-reported sleep disturbances.
California Kiwifruit are Heart Healthy
The fiber and potassium in kiwis support heart health. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, according to Mark Houston, MD, MS, an associate clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School and director of the Hypertension Institute at St Thomas Hospital in Tennessee.
Kiwifruit Can Lower Blood Pressure
Because of their high potassium content, kiwis can help negate the effects of sodium in the body. It is possible that a low potassium intake is just as big of a risk factor in developing high blood pressure as a high sodium intake.
Kiwifruit Provide Prevention for Constipation
Numerous studies have reported that the kiwi may have a mild laxative effect and could be used as a dietary supplement especially for elderly individuals experiencing constipation. Regular consumption of kiwifruit was shown to promote bulkier, softer and more frequent stool production.
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Fun Facts About Kiwifruit
- Botanically, the kiwifruit is a berry.
- Ripe kiwi fruit can last in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
- Kiwifruit slices can be used as a natural meat tenderizer.
- Kiwifruit is the most nutrient dense fruit.
- California Kiwifruit grows on vines like grapes.
- Kiwifruit has twice the vitamin C of an orange.
- China grows over 400 varieties of kiwifruit.
- In the 1980’s, New Zealand developed a gold version of the kiwifruit. The fruit is the same size as the traditional kiwifruit, but it is not fuzzy on the outside and is yellow on the inside. The gold variety does taste like the traditional kiwifruit, but has a hint of a mango flavor.
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