Did you know that this fuzzy looking, sweet and tangy fruit known as the Kiwi is actually considered a berry because it grows in thick bundles from woody vines?
Kiwis are native to China and regarded as nutritious and medicinal and a delicacy for much of its history. That was until the early 20th century when seeds were brought to New Zealand and cultivated as a mere curiosity first. Starting in the 1950s, significant quantities of the fruit began to be cultivated and sold in the US.
Kiwis are very nutritious. They are packed with dietary fiber, as well as vitamins C, E, and K. In fact, kiwis have more vitamin C than oranges. They also have a comparable amount of potassium to that of a banana. Kiwis make an excellent source of energy-boosting fruit-based sugars with a low glycemic index.
Interestingly, there are over 400 types of kiwis that are grown in China, Taiwan, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, and California. Kiwis are also the national bird of New Zealand!
With such a long journey, it’s incredible to think of the route that the kiwi takes to get to you!