What is Kiwi? Its health benefits, selection tips and recipes

What is Kiwi? Its health benefits, selection tips and recipes
This exotic fruit needs no introduction, known for its delectable taste and incredible health benefits, Kiwi fruit has been one of the most sought-after fruit from the woody vines species. Kiwi fruit is also known as Chinese gooseberry, this edible berry hails from the genus–Actinidia. The eye-grabbing colour of this little round and squishy fruit has made it a part of various culinary experiments and can accentuate the taste as well flavor of any dish it is paired with!

The sweet-tangy taste of this fruit adds a zingy as well refreshing taste to the drinks, dessert and other exotic delicacies. The eye catching green colour and black tiny seeds make this fruit a powerhouse of nutrition. Over the years Kiwi has gained prominence in the international market for it umpteen health benefits.

Interestingly, much like the fusion of flavour packed in this fruits, the history of its origin is an engaging one. Looking back at the history of this fruit, Kiwi was originally cultivated in China. However, with the course of time, it became a popular fruit of New Zealand and from there this green squishy berry got its name ‘Kiwi’. This delectable fruit carved it way to the magnificient environment of New Zealand through missionaries. Later the Americans and Europeans also made it a part of their healthy meals and breakfast pots.

Health Benefits of Kiwi
What makes Kiwi a fad among health freaks is the plethora of health benefits it offers. Enriched with the goodness of folate, vitamin A, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and vitamin K (phylloquinone. In fact, it is a rich source of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. What’s more, it is loaded with high amounts of fiber. As per research, kiwifruit is a powerhouse of nutrition and when added to desserts, it can very well take the nutrition factor up by a notch.

Effectively treats asthma
This delectable fruit is not only a treat for taste buds, but at the same time it can treat chronic diseases like asthma. Enriched with the goodness of vitamin c and antioxidants, regular consumption of Kiwi helps in proper functioning of lungs. Besides, it prevents from wheezing.

Helps in bowel movement
The nutrients in Kiwi makes it a perfect thing to prevent constipation. Rich in fiber, this delightful fruit is helps in increasing metabolism and maintains intestinal health. The fiber content in kiwi fruit works as a natural laxative.

Treats insomnia
As per research, kiwi fruit can effective induce sleep and treat insomnia. Known for its amazing health benefits, this fruit is a great source antioxidants and serotonin, which helps in treating sleep disorders naturally. It is often advised to have kiwi fruit one hour before bedtime.

Rich in folate
Folate helps in the development of fetus and this was one of the major reasons why Chinese used Kiwi fruit to treat various diseases and boost immunity. It was usually given to pregnant women and growing kids.

Helps in reducing sugar level
The high dietary fiber in kiwi fruit can effectively reduce triglycerides, which can further reduce the sugar level in body. This is why it is often advised to diabetic patients.

Here are some common types of kiwi fruit:
You too must have found that each time you pick a kiwi from the market, it tastes different. This is simply because of the different variants of Kiwi, which are cultivated in various parts of the world. Kiwifruits hail from the Actinidia genus, which comprise of around 60 species. So here are a few tips to choose this fruit:

*Fuzzy Kiwifruit

*Golden Kiwi fruit

*Kiwi Berries

*Arctic kiwifruit

*Purple kiwifruit

Here’s how to select Kiwis:

* The best way to identify and pick fresh kiwi is to hold it and press it, if the fruit has a medium consistency, slightly soft and slightly hard, then the fruit is fresh. Too squishy kiwi is not the best one to choose.
* Always avoid bruised kiwi fruit as it might be infected. Always go for the ones with clean outer coating.


Interesting Kiwi recipes

The sweet-tangy taste of this fruit adds a zingy as well refreshing taste to the drinks, dessert and other exotic delicacies. The distinct taste and colour of this fruit has given chefs’ across the world an ingredient to experiment with and paint their culinary canvas with a burst of colors and taste. Here are a few simple recipes, which are easy to make :

Kiwi Burfi
Kiwi adds a nice tangy and sweet flavour to this traditional Indian sweet. This fusion recipe will leave your guests craving for more. Here”s how you can prepare it at home.

Kiwi jam

This sweet citrusy jam will woo your taste buds with its amazing taste. This is a must try recipe.

Water Melon popscicle

Beat the heat with this delightful summer cooler. You just need a few ingredients your popsicle is ready !

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