Saturday, July 31, 2010

On Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit was originally known as a Chinese gooseberry until it's name was changed in the 1961's when the fruit was exported from New Zealand to the United States. (1) Kiwi fruits are a good source of vitamin C and fiber as well as the minerals potassium, magnesium, copper and phosphorous. (2)

We were recently visiting a family with four kids in Connecticut. These are one of Charlie's favorite fruit. (Pears is his other favorite.) I have never been able to get my four year old to try a kiwi, although they are a favorite of mine. But Charlie is ten and when he was raving about how delicious kiwi's were, the four and five year old's got curious. We even through in "They taste like sourpatch kids!"

Not everyone liked the kiwis, but everyone tried them and we ended up eating 11 kiwi fruits in less than 24 hours. Although they aren't local and in season, they really are delicious. I like kiwis to be firm and not mushy because I prefer kiwis that are tart--like sourpatch kids :).

One thing I love about visiting friends is how much I learn from other families. Everyone has their unhealthy habits. But everyone also has their healthy habits to share.
(2) The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, p.285


Busy Lizzie said...

Being a Kiwi we have them all the time and quite cheaply. If the kids don't like the tart ones try a Golden Kiwi fruit. They are more gentle in flavour. In fact I prefer them to the more sour ones. I chuck them into crumbles, fresh fruit salads and of course not forgetting on the top of a Pavlova!!!

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