All about Kiwis

Both a fruit and a bird!

So what's a Kiwi?

Kiwifruit, or more commonly known as "Kiwi", is an edible berry of a wooden vine. The exterior consists of a dull greenish-brown skin; while the interior has bright green or gold with tiny, black, and edible seeds. Usually grown and found in Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Greece and France.

Information about Kiwifruit

"Raw" kiwifruit consist of protein-dissolving enzymes, which supposedly is useful for meat tenderizing. In addition, to some people Kiwifruits are also an allergen to some people, mostly to those who are also allergic to latex, bananas, papayas, or pineapples.

Kiwifruit is also a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K, and a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin E.

A normal sized Kiwifruit provides 46 calories, 0.3 g of fat, 1 g of protein, 11 g of carbohydrates, and 2.6 g of dietary fiber.

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A Brief history

Kiwifruit is native to southern China (where coincidentally it has also been marked as China's National Fruit.) Coincidentally, other similar species can be found in India, Japan, and southeastern Siberia.

Before, being called "Chinese gooseberries", the first commercial planting of these occurred in 1937 in New Zealand by a Jim MacLoughlin and the fruit was popular with American serviceman stationed there during World War II.

In 1952, the fruit was exported to the US market.

Soon, there was a debate on the fruit's official name once it gained popularity after New Zealanders discarded the name of Chinese Gooseberries. Some time after World War II, it was marketed under the name of "Melonette". Shortly after the new name was rejected due to melons and berries supposedly "attracted high duties".

Then, Jack Turner, one of the exporters of the company "Turners and Growers" suggested the name "kiwifruit" after the bird species "kiwi", New Zealand's national symbol, as the bird and fruit resemble each other. (Small, brown, and furry)