Kiwi Fruit Fun Facts

Kiwi Fruit Fun Facts

If you are a kiwi lover and have a number of kiwi fruits every day, you may know a lot about this hairy fruit abundant with vitamin C. There are still plenty of fun facts regarding this small green fruit. Originate from China with a name of Chinese Gooseberry, the first batch of kiwi fruits firstly appear seven hundred years ago in the Yangtze River area in China. Then they are taken by missionaries to New Zealand and other parts of the world later on. The kiwi fruits are not introduced into America until the latest 1960’s and they become more and more popular in California.

Most kiwi fruits are not longer than 3 inches and less than 2.5 ounces in weight. Although the skin of the kiwi looks ugly and was peeled off by most people, they are actually edible. The flesh of the fruit is green with a sweet and sour taste. At the center of the fruits, there are a number of black seeds which are edible as well. Before consumption, you should use cold water to wash them thoroughly to get the best taste. If you are not allergic to the fruit skin, you can try to eat them along with the flesh. Kiwi fruits are popular food source in many dishes especially salads and fruit feasts. The popular way to consume the kiwi is to cut it in half and use a spoon to take out the fruit flesh as from a bowl. This small fruit is the king of the vitamin C, containing more than 100 milligrams of vitamin C for a small fruit. They also have plenty of fruit fiber which can effectively improve the health of the human body. They also contain adequate antioxidants such as Vitamin E and luetin which can help delay the oxidizing process and protect the cells.

Kiwi fruit grow on deciduous vines, similar to grapes. They will enter the dormant period in every winter from the early December to the next March. The deciduous leaves can save you some time for the pruning work. The height of the kiwi vines can reach up to six feet and they are water lovers especially in hot summer days. You should provide adequate water for them to make them grow happily. The growing period of kiwi fruits is relatively long compared with other vine fruits. So, they are not suitable for some cold zones as they need more than 200 days without the frost hazard. Their buds are very sensitive to the freezing temperature and they will fall off with a low temperature.

Image provided By Rj1979 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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