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Kiwifruit – Furry Fruit

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Have you ever seen how kiwis grow? Do you pluck them off a bush or tree? Nope, they are grown on a vine that can reach up to twenty feet. Once planted it takes between three to five years for the fruit to be harvested. Kind of makes a person really appreciate the convenience of motoring on down to the grocery store to pick up some kiwi, doesn’t it? I believe that it is very important to know how and where our food comes from. I find it far more exciting to learn how fresh food is grown versus how a food is manufactured in a warehouse. Don’t you?


Health Benefits

Folic Acid

Vitamin C



My mouth is tingling!

Have you ever experienced an itchy, or tingling sensation in your mouth or perhaps the corners of your mouth start to sting? Kiwis contain specific enzymes called bromelain (sourced from pineapple) and actinidain (found in kiwis, as well as mangos, papayas, and bananas in lower amounts) that break down proteins, including, yeah, the ones in your mouth.

These two enzymes are so potent that they are actually used commercially to tenderize meat. But, not to worry, these enzymes are not harmful to humans. However, it is important to be aware of the difference between a normal reaction and an allergic one. The actinidain in kiwis, in particular, is a common allergen, so if you experience swelling, rashes, vomiting, or unusual pain, see a doctor. If you or someone you know has a latex allergy, the risk of reacting to fruits such as kiwis, bananas, and avocados is increased.

Is the Skin Edible?

When Selecting Kiwi

How to Ripen Kiwi

How to Store Kiwi

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