Kiwi is one of those fruits that we can buy all year round because, in addition to those of the towns, we also find kiwis that come from very far away, for example from New Zealand, China or Chile. Furthermore, it is a fruit that is kept for many months after harvesting.
The country is one of the largest kiwifruit producers internationally, yet we import kiwis from the other side of the world. This paradox has several reasons, including the ever-increasing demand for unseasonable fruit.
The kiwi el paeseni are harvested from the end of October and can be purchased until April.
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The properties of kiwis
Il kiwi is very rich in vitamin C; this fruit contains much more than an orange or a pepper. It also contains a good amount of vitamin E, iron, potassium and dietary fiber.
It is refreshing, diuretic and thirst-quenching. It is a valuable aid to strengthen the immune system and helps fight constipation.
100 grams of kiwifruit contain about 40 calories.
How to recognize a good kiwi?
The problem with kiwifruit is that, depending on the time of year and origin, they can be too unripe or too ripe, therefore, when we buy them, let's take a good look at them.
To be at the right level of ripeness, the kiwi must be not too hard but not too soft to the touch and must have a good smell; if we don't smell any perfume, it is probably still unripe, if, on the other hand, it seems to us that it has a sweetish smell, it is probably too ripe.
We also check that the peel is intact and does not contain particular signs.
Did you buy unripe kiwifruit? To make them mature immediately do this ...
If you have purchased unripe kiwis and want to speed up the ripening process, store them in a plastic bag along with a couple of apples and store the bag in a warm place, such as the kitchen. In a couple of days, your kiwis will be perfect for eating. The apples closed in the bag release ethylene, a gas that accelerates the ripening of the kiwi or any other fruit preserved as described above.
How to use kiwi in cooking
Mixed fruit salads: il kiwi, unlike other fruits, does not blacken and therefore the fruit salad can also be prepared in advance and we can take it there safely for our lunch break at the office, or we can put it in our child's backpack, for a healthy and natural snack. In this case, we combine the kiwi with other fruits that do not blacken, for example strawberries or oranges, depending on the season.
Fruit tarts: kiwi lends itself very much to the decoration of pies. It is often used together with other fruits but it is also excellent alone. Furthermore, if we use it alone or together with other fruits that do not tend to blacken, we can avoid covering the surface of the cake with gelatin.
Insalate: vwould you like to try a different dish? Try using kiwifruit in salads, for example, you can combine it with endive, radicchio, fennel, corn ...
Mixed fruit skewers: che is a great way to do it too love fruit a little more to children.
Smoothies. To be enriched with yogurt, milk or other fruits, for example bananas o strawberries.
A recipe with kiwi: kiwi and banana smoothie
Ingredients for people 2
> 2 kiwi;
> 1 banana;
> 1 jar of 125 grams of plain yogurt, vanilla or banana (according to taste);
> ice (a couple of cubes are enough).
Clean and cut the kiwifruit and banana into pieces, also add the yogurt and ice. Operate the blender until the mixture is creamy and fluffy and serve. To make it more greedy, add a few drops of dark chocolate or a crumbled biscuit on the surface.
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