~~~APPEANCE TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
Kiwi fruit are oval in shape and are about a small fist's size. Kiwis are brown and "hairy" on the outside, but the interior is green. The Gold Kiwi fruit has a yellow interior, slightly smaller in shape and have a duck beak end.
There are many ways of eating this. I personally prefer to chop the head off and then spoon the kiwi. This way provides very little mess and lots of enjoyment. I have been eating it this way as a child and never stopped. It is most efficient also!
Another way is to Peel the kiwi and have it sliced or chopped. This is also alright although peeling the kiwi skin is immensely difficult to do well, and almost all the time, bits of the hairy peel is still left. That being said, Kiwi tastes fantastic in a fruit salad!
Kiwi fruit is extremely tasty and have a zingy flavour to them. This mixture of zingyness and sweetness makes it a unique fruit. No other produces such a flavour. I really like the texture and the way you can feel the fibres. It is "crunchy", well not completely soft which gives it a more substance. The seeds in the middle also add to the chewing factor.
Kiwi fruit is also very healthy and contains a range of ions and minerals including:
Vitamins C,E and K
They are available at most supermarkets and many sell them for under 50p each.
I would highly recommend kiwi fruit as they have a unique flavour. They are also great to eat and yummy! They aren't for everyone though. Many people just can't get their head round the flavour, the texture etc, but I love it!
They are also very healthy, not only as part of your 5 a day but providing essential minerals and ions!
Now that the better weather is here I have noticed that I appear to be buying more fruit than throughout the winter months and would like to share a family favourite with you - the Kiwi.
The Kiwi fruit is originally from China and has really travelled a long way to reach our shelves, though in China they are known as the "macaque peach". The Kiwi was an unknown fruit to the Western world until the 20th century which is really quite surprising. The name Kiwi is also very recent as back in the 1960's this fruit was known as the "Chinese Gooseberries" according to my mother, I suppose you can see the where the name came from as rather similar with their hairy skins. The name Kiwi came into being from a fruit packaging firm from Auckland, originally the fruit was know as a "melonette" but the name was changed once the packaging firm learnt about steep tariffs for exporting melons and the name Kiwi was born.
The Kiwi fruit is most definitely one of the least attractive fruit to look at and really does nothing to sell itself at all with its external appearance and some may be put off by the hairy brown peel, sounds horrible but its only the skin and you don't eat this bit. Imagine passing through the fruit section of the supermarket or even in the grocers, beautiful red strawberries, a bunch of green grapes, mountains of plump blackberries and a ugly hairy brown fruit which is roughly the shape of a rugby ball but a bit more rounded at each end.
Those you do not judge by appearance and are brave enough to add this little hairy fruit to their baskets will not be disappointed with their purchase once they peel back the drab overcoat as the flesh inside is a beautiful green with a white pulp centre and very small back seeds that kind of make a star pattern if you happen to slice through the fruit.
Its is quite hard to describe the taste of a kiwi, the flesh has a texture similar to a strawberry but less firm overall and very easy to eat, the white pulp can sometimes be hard if the fruit itself is not quite ripe and not nice at all. When ripe the fruit is very juicy but not too sweet a taste kind of if you crossed a pineapple and a strawberry together with a much more delicate flesh.
Personally I like to peel my Kiwi and cut into pieces and either add to a fresh fruit salad or eat one its own, however, my daughter adopts what I like to refer to as the soft boiled egg approach and just chops off the top of the fruit and scoops out the flesh with a spoon.
A Kiwi fruit is mainly water in content and contains vitamin C, there are reportedly some health benefits to eating Kiwi fruit and studies have been done and proved that Kiwi can help in improving conditions of asthma in children and possibly helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer due to the fibre content.
This is an item that normally is found in my fruit bowl every week along with many other fruits and are always one of the 1st items to be eaten, as a treat you could have them one their own with a bit of cream - delicious.
I like kiwi fruits but find they are often too hard when I buy them and the ruddy things take so long to soften that by the time they have I find I have to put them in the compost bin as they've gone rotten! I just can't seem to win with this peculiar little fruit.
Recently though I noticed Tesco are now selling a pack of four kiwi fruits which are named 'Perfectly Ripe', despite the fact that they are rather more expensive than my usual kiwis at £1.99 I decided to buy a pack.
The kiwi fruits are a nice size and feel much more ripe and tender than other fruits I have bought recently, from Tesco or elsewhere. They feel heavy and full of juice in my hand, which is surely how you can judge a good kiwi fruit without tasting it.
I don't know how you eat your kiwi fruit, but personally I chop the top off it and use an ancient serrated grapefruit spoon to scoop out the flesh in much the way I'd eat a boiled egg.
I was impressed as soon as I cut the top off the fruit as juice oozed out of the brilliant green flesh, the pips looked perfect and were plentiful without the fruit being over run by them as sometimes happens when I buy cheaper kiwi fruits.
The flesh itself is tender and I must agree with Tesco, they really are perfectly ripe. The kiwi fruits have the delicious natural sweetness that these fruits are known for and they taste absolutely delicious. I'm thrilled that at long last I have found a kiwi fruit that I can rely on, in fact just an hour ago I ordered more from Tesco Online and they are coming on Thursday.
I am aware I am paying over the odds on these fruits, but I usually buy a punnet of six smaller kiwis for £1.29 and at least four of these will usually be wasted. So thinking about it like this I am saving money as I can guarantee myself that all four of these will be eaten so there is zero waste.