The kiwifruit, or Chinese gooseberry, originally grew wild in China. Kiwis are a nutrient-dense food — they are rich in in nutrients and low in calories.It is a small fruits that pack a lot of flavor and plenty of health benefits. Their green flesh is sweet and tangy. It’s also full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium. They also have a lot of antioxidants and are a good source of fiber. Their small black seeds are edible, as is the fuzzy brown peel, though many prefer to peel the kiwi before eating it.
Health benefits of Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi and other fruits provide a range of health benefits due to their nutritional contents. Kiwis are a good source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber.
Antioxidants — including vitamin C, choline, lutein, and zeaxanthin — help remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that the body produces during metabolism and other processes.
If too many free radicals build up, they can cause oxidative stress, which can result in cell damage. This damage may lead to issues such as heart disease or cancer. Antioxidants can help protect the body by removing free radicals.
Vitamin C contributes to the production of collagen, a key component in cells and organs throughout the body, including the skin. The vitamin also boosts the body’s ability to heal wounds.
A 2019 review of studies found that taking oral collagen supplements may help boost skin elasticity and hydration and reduce wrinkles. Taking supplements is not the same as consuming vitamin C in kiwis, but eating the fruit may still help keep the skin healthy.
One kiwi weighing 69 grams (g) provides 64 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C. This represents 71–85% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement.
Kiwifruit also provides vitamin E, or tocopherol. The antioxidant properties of vitamin E and its ability to help protect the skin from sun damage may help prevent skin disorders.
How do you cut fancy kiwi Fruit?
Cutting a kiwi is pretty simple. After you wash the skin with a vinegar and water rinse, place the kiwi on a cutting board. Cut off the stem and blossom ends so you have a rounded cylinder shape.
Stand the kiwi on one flat end and then cut away the skin in arced cuts, keeping as close to the skin as possible so that you don’t waste fruit.
Alternatively you can cut the kiwi in your hand with a paring knife, slowly and carefully trimming away the fuzzy skin.