Kiwis have been grown in New Zealand for over 100 years. Since then, generations of NZ Kiwifruit growers have worked tirelessly to perfect the art and science of growing the perfect kiwifruit.
Today, NZ growers continue their dedication to these little powerhouses of goodness. As Kiwifruit grower of 35 years Dennis Robinson puts it, "Buying kiwifruit from New Zealand is a guarantee of quality, and we want to keep it that way."
Natures best kept secret, Kiwis have the highest nutritional density of any fruit. Eating just two a day provides a heap of fibre, antioxidants, and vitamins. This powerhouse of nutrients helps to protect our bodies from oxidative stress — essentially internal damage caused by free radicals. No wonder we love these little guys!
Did you know that Kiwifruit can help keep kids focussed and healthy? Their low GI index means they deliver slow release energy, preventing sugar highs and crashes. They also help to keep their immune system strong, with plenty of Vitamin C and Folic Acid. In fact just a single kiwi will provide your little ones with their daily recommended dose of Vitamin C.
Meet Laura Henshaw from Keep it Cleaner. A strong advocate for balance, Laura's aim is to show how easy and delicious healthy eating can be, and how great it can make you feel. Laura was kind enough to share with us a little about her personal health and fitness journey, and why she loves Kiwifruit.
Did you know that kiwifruit are in the Environmental Working Group's Clean 15? It's nice to buy organic, but it's not always possible. According to EWG's Sonya Lunder ‘You can feel confident that conventionally grown fruits and veggies on the Clean Fifteen list have very little pesticide contamination’.
If you’ve never tried dehydrated kiwis, you should. They might look a little funny, but they taste amazing. Just like sweet and sour lollies, only super healthy! With a heap of fibre and a low Glycemic Index, they'll sort your cravings — without the sugar rush. To make: peel and slice kiwis, then soak for around 5 mins in three parts water, one part lemon juice. Lay the kiwi slices on a tray lined with baking paper, and put them in an oven set to low. Leave for 4-5 hrs, checking every hour or so. Store in an airtight container, for up to six months.
One thing we love about Kiwifruit, is how well they freeze! They keep their fresh flavour and vibrant green colour, and are so handy to have stashed away. For a nutrient kick, throw a few frozen slices into your morning smoothie, top off a bowl of muesli, or simply eat the frozen slices just as they are! Our tip? Peel and slice ripe kiwi, lay them on a tray with some baking paper, and then freeze — that way they won't clump together. Once frozen, transfer to a sandwich bag or freezer safe container.
Winter isn't kind to skin. Treat yourself to a little DIY pampering with our homemade Kiwifruit face mask — you deserve it. Just combine mashed kiwi with a little plain yoghurt, and mix to form a paste. For oily/combination skin, mix in a teaspoon of honey which is a natural antibacterial agent. For dry skin, we recommend adding a touch of Almond oil. Spread in a thick layer on your face, put your feet up, and relax for 10-15mins. Kiwifruit are great for the skin, with plenty of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's), for a brighter, smoother, firmer looking complexion. For sensitive skin, patch test a little of the mask on a small area first.
Did you know that Kiwis can help you to experience less fatigue, and improve your mood?
A recent study by the University of Otago in New Zealand has shown that eating two kiwis a day can improve your state of wellbeing, along with giving a feeling of extra energy. These changes appeared to be related to the optimising of vitamin C intake with the two-kiwifruit 'dose'. Eat better to feel better!
If your Kiwis are ripe but you don't want to eat them all just yet, pop them in the fridge! Ripe kiwifruit will keep well for one to two weeks when refrigerated.
Kiwifruit that aren't ripe can also be kept in the fridge, for up to four weeks — just pull them out 3-5 days before you want to eat them.
If your kiwifruit doesn’t give a little under finger pressure, the easiest way to speed up the ripening process is by putting the kiwi in a paper bag with a banana, apple or pear. This helps as these fruit release ethylene gas that triggers kiwifruit to ripen more quickly. The magic of Mother Nature!
Look for fruit that are firm to touch but ‘give’ a little when gently squeezed between your thumb and forefinger. The skin should be mid-to-light brown in colour for green kiwifruit, and a slightly more golden lighter brown for gold kiwifruit. A good quality fruit will have clean, smooth, unmarked skin. It won’t be shrivelled, bruised looking, or be dark brown in colour