We are adding the nutritional Kiwi Fruit to our recipes
On a recent visit to New Zealand’s kiwi fruit growing district near Tauranga on the North Island, I was deeply impressed by the total commitment to quality of product and to satisfying their worldwide customers shown by the growers and their agents. This New Zealand-grown fruit is marketed under the Zespri brand and has the largest share of the global market, supplying to over 60 countries. So much effort, knowledge and care goes in to producing bountiful crops of the green and gold varieties of this delicious fruit, with total attention to achieving maximum sweetness and minimum blemishes. The kiwi fruit is native to China, and was labelled by New Zealanders, when they were first introduced to it in the early 1900’s, as the “Chinese gooseberry”. Seeing the potential to develop it as an export fruit grown in the perfect climactic conditions of the North Island, the fruit was renamed Kiwi Fruit in the 1950’s, in honour of the kiwi bird national symbol of New Zealand.
Apart from the hugely impressive undertaking of the Kiwi Fruit export industry in New Zealand, I was also impressed by the nutritional value of the fruit. It has been ranked the number one fruit in the world for its high content of Vitamins C, K and E, and potassium, manganese and folate, and antioxidants, amongst other nutritional values. Do your own research, perhaps – I browsed using “Kiwi Fruit Nutrition Ranking” to look for confirmation of what I had been told in New Zealand.
I will ask the LikeMyDiet nutritionists to start adding Kiwi Fruit into some of our recipes, and list it specifically, perhaps, in our food substitution lists. For the moment, they tell me that kiwi fruit can be substituted for an equal amount of apples, apricots, peaches, oranges or pears.