three regions of France: Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées and Rhône-Alpes.
The kiwi is eaten cut in pieces in plain yogurt, it gives a pretty green color to smoothies, is devoured simply with a teaspoon, is delicious in pie and even in savory dishes!
Note: there are several species of kiwi. The most common in France is green, but we are seeing more and more gold kiwis on the shelves with clearer and smoother skin. Its yellow flesh is sweeter and sweeter than its cousin.
There is also the Nergi, or baby kiwi . No bigger than a cherry tomato, it does not peel and its appearance when cut is in every way similar to a classic kiwi! It comes from a selection of several kiwifruit grafts from Asia and Siberia and is cultivated in the southwest of France.
What are the benefits of kiwi fruit?
The kiwi is over-vitaminized and will give you all the necessary strength to face the winter! It is one of the fruits richest in vitamins C : 92.7 mg per 100 g. Vitamin C participates in the defense of the body against viral and bacterial infections, protects the wall of blood vessels, helps in the assimilation of iron and has an antioxidant action.
More surprisingly, kiwi is a food rich in potassium with 297 mg / 100 g. As a reminder, this mineral helps lower blood pressure and maintains the acidity of gastric secretions, essential for the balance of the digestive tract.
The kiwi also contains 3.5 g of fiber per 100 g. Fibers facilitate transit and therefore relieve constipation, help with satiety (it is a natural appetite suppressant), regulate cholesterol and strengthen the immune system. It also contains a significant amount of magnesium and calcium.
In addition, it is the perfect ally: it allows you to be in shape, it is good for the heart and it facilitates digestion, ideal after a meal a little too heavy!
When to eat a kiwi?
The full season of kiwi is from November to May . It can be consumed according to your tastes! When not fully ripe, it is firm and can be acidic. Perfectly mature, it is just tangy and sweeter. It is you who sees according to your preferences. You can enjoy it in the morning for breakfast , for dessert or as a balanced snack a few hours before dinner.
How do you know if a kiwi is good?
A perfectly ripe kiwi is firm to the touch and soft at the ends. His skin should be light brown, slightly hairy and should not be wrinkled. Avoid choosing it too soft: it means that it is too ripe and has lost its tangy taste so delicious.
The only kiwi that benefits from the official Label Rouge certification is the Kiwi de l’Adour , also IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) certified and cultivated in the southwest of France. The production is strictly supervised and guarantees quality fruit. Also prefer kiwis from organic farming.
How to eat a kiwi?
Kids will love to eat their kiwi cut in half crosswise. They will just have to collect the flesh of the fruit with a spoon. It is also quite possible to peel it and cut it into slices or small cubes, perfect for decorating a yogurt or a fruit salad.
The kiwi can be eaten in a pie with chocolate , dried for a vitamin snack, in compote, in cake with orange, in mille-feuilles or in panna cotta.
We also love its salty version: it complements winter salads! As a coulis with a little basil, it goes delicately with white fish such as cod or smoked fish. It brings a bit of tang to a meat juice … In other words, the kiwi adapts to (almost)
How to eat the skin of a kiwi?
The kiwi skin contains a lot of vitamins and fibers. Despite its unpleasant texture, it is completely edible. We recommend choosing an organic fruit and rinsing the skin thoroughly before consuming it. You can chew the kiwi like an apple, cut it into slices without peeling it or, if the skin texture does not suit you, you can very well pass the kiwi in the blender and add it to your smoothies. Clever, isn’t it?
How to keep kiwis for a long time?
The kiwi is a climacteric fruit, that is to say that it continues to ripen after its harvest, because the starch turns into sugars as it matures. So you can buy it slightly immature and keep it cool for up to three to four weeks or at room temperature if you want it to ripen faster. Avoid mixing it with apples and bananas which accelerate its ripening.
What is the name of the tree that gives kiwis?
The tree that gives kiwis is called actinidier or actinidia. Its scholarly name is actinidia chinensis , and it is more commonly known as a kiwi tree. It is a vine tree top and climbing. It is a vigorous and hardy shrub that can withstand negative temperatures up to -12 ° C. Its leaves are bright green and covered with a light down.