Information About Kiwi Nutrition
Kiwi, a light-brown, fuzzy fruit, is lime green inside with little black seeds. Roughly the size of an egg, kiwi is native to South China and is also known as Chinese gooseberry. Kiwi grows in warm climates, such as California, Texas and Florida in the United States. Kiwi is grown commercially in South China, Italy and New Zealand, where it is called “kiwifruit.” Kiwi offers vitamins and minerals and is low in fat and calories.
Calories and Fat
An average-size kiwi has 108 calories and less than 1 gram of fat, making it a tasty and healthy snack.
Vitamin A, C, E
Kiwi provides more vitamin C than an orange. The average kiwi provides 273 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin C (a large orange provides 163 percent). The kiwi contains smaller amounts of vitamins A, E, and K, plus B vitamins, including 11 percent of the daily requirement for folate.
The average kiwi contains 5.3 grams of fiber, providing about 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber. Fiber is crucial for maintaining a healthy digestive system.
Kiwi offers 16 percent of the daily value for potassium, (a banana contains 23 percent) as well as magnesium (8 percent), calcium and phosphorous (6 percent), and iron (3 percent).
How To Store Kiwi
Store kiwi in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. This will slow ripening. If you want the kiwi to ripen more quickly, store in a bag with an apple, which gives off a ripening agent. Ripe kiwi will keep for a week in the refrigerator.