One of the many fun things about being a food blogger is having the opportunity to try out fruits, vegetables and new products that you thought you didn’t really care for. I never had anything against kiwifruits – not like my severe hatred of bananas or coconut where it will completely ruin a dish for me – I just never went for them. I’m not sure if it was the fuzzy skin or the seeds that my brain said, eh I’ll skip you for the strawberries on that fruit platter.
Well, I’m happy to say my brain decided to say, Susan you really need to get outside of the fruit comfort zone and go to a kiwifruit tasting hosted by Zespri Kiwifruit.
Can we say I have a new love as soon as I tried that sweet and juicy fruit? Can we say that I’ve also ordered a whole bunch of Zespri’s new offering SunGold in my Fresh Direct order this week? They took 10 years to develop SunGold so that it would be just perfect when it hit the market for you to enjoy. I can tell you that the 10 year wait was absolutely worth it!
If it was the fuzz that turned you off in the past because you thought you had to peel the fruit the first fun fact that I learned was it isn’t necessary! Just cut in a half and scoop the fruit out! In fact the SunGolds were so juicy, I slurped up the excess juice left in the skin.
As I sipped on the kiwi cocktails and yummy BLK (that’s a bacon, lettuce and kiwi) recipe ideas started swirling around. Kiwi’s are in season from June through October, so now is the season to make the most of them. Nutritionally speaking, a serving is only about 100 calories and that makes up 2 kiwifruits and they have more potassium than a banana. Something to remember as you sip on this easy to make spritzer.
How about a few more fun kiwifruit facts?
Did you know that the skin is actually edible? Now I would exactly sit down and eat one whole but if you are making a smoothie you can go ahead and toss the entire fruit into your blender. No scooping necessary.
Kiwifruit freezes well too! Sticking with the smoothie theme, if you like to make up freezer packs for your smoothies, go ahead and include kiwifruit in there for the future.
Kiwifruit and dairy are not friends! If it sits too long it will break down the dairy and won’t taste good. It’s fine if you’d like to top your yogurt with some but I wouldn’t do much more than that.