Kiwi fruit is a fruit of Chinese origin, typical of temperate climates and contains more vitamin C than oranges. It has an oval and flat shape, the skin is covered with small brown hairs and the pulp is completely green, caused by chlorophyll.
According to research, this fruit has vitamins B1, B6, C, E and provitamin A (carotene), in addition to potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, calcium, phosphate, niacin and dietary fiber.
Currently, countries such as Italy, New Zealand, Chile, France, Japan and the United States are the world’s largest producers of the fruit. In addition to being consumed and appreciated fresh and in the preparation of salads, this citrus fruit is widely used in the manufacture of juices and ice cream and can also be used in the form of tea.
Kiwi Properties and Benefits
- Kiwi fruit is 90% water, cholesterol-free and low in calories (100 grams of fruit contain approximately 50 kcal);
- The fiber present in the fruit helps in the proper functioning of the intestine and can lower cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease;
- This fruit is rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the body against the harmful action of free radicals. Vitamin C also works to lower blood pressure, reducing the chances of developing hypertension and cardiovascular disease;
- Prevents fatigue and depression;
- As it contains more vitamin C than oranges, it is effective in combating respiratory problems such as shortness of breath, asthma and coughing;
- This fruit increases the ability to concentrate and is a natural remedy to combat stress;
- Due to the actinidin enzyme present in its composition, kiwi fruit can also be used as a natural meat tenderizer;
- It has anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antioxidant properties;
- Its small black seeds are used by industry to prepare kiwi oil. These contain alpha-linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid for our body;
- Prevents colon cancer.
Kiwi Tea Recipe
In addition to being used in the preparation of juices, kiwi fruit can also be consumed in the form of tea. Check out the following recipe:
Kiwi, orange and cinnamon tea
– 1.5 liters of water;
– 3 shelled kiwi fruit;
– 1 orange;
Cut the kiwi into small pieces and squeeze the orange. Boil the ingredients in 1.5 liters of water for 15 minutes. Strain and serves hot or chilled.