A fruit salad just isn’t a fruit salad without kiwi. Its emerald green flesh and neatly speckled black seeds can turn just about any dish into a work of art. But the kiwifruit is not just another pretty fruit. It’s jam-packed with more vitamin C than an orange, making it the perfect weapon to combat the change in season, especially for those who suffer from respiratory problems like asthma.
The kiwifruit’s health are not relegated to respiratory problems. According to this article from The World’s Healthiest Foods, the kiwi is unique in its ability to protect DNA from oxygen-related damage and provides antioxidant protection against inflammation and cancer. It is also a good source of dietary fiber which controls blood sugar and promotes colon and cardiovascular health.
This article from Wikipedia says there are around 60 species of kiwifruit, with variations in size, shape, hairiness, color, juiciness, texture and taste. According to the California Kiwifruit Commission, the California harvest begins in late September and peaks in October and early November making it one of the few homegrown California fresh fruits available in winter.
Photo courtesy of Kiwifruit: Curious Chromosomes Of A Curious Fruit from Science Daily.