|Kiwi in a cocktail? Yes, indeed. Sipping on the Kiwitini, made with SunGold Kiwifruit.|
Before meeting and mingling with the Zespri® team at Little Owl’s event space last week (which, by the way, is a lovely spot to hold a private party or gathering), I knew little about the nutritional benefits of kiwi, the furry, oval-shaped super fruit. I did know, however, that its uses extend far beyond the expected fruit tart or salad, in which kiwi usually marries with berries, melons, and pineapple. One of my all-time favorite recipes from the New Southern Cookbook –– Shrimp Awendaw with Kiwi, which I’ve blogged about before –– uses kiwifruit. You can find that recipe here.
|Bright, beautiful kiwi!|
Zespri® had kiwi galore on hand for our evening in the West Village, and had prepared innovative kiwifruit dishes such as BLK (Bacon, Lettuce and Kiwi), Korean Lettuce Cups with SunGold Kiwifruit-Cucumber Salsa, as well as cocktails like the SunGold Kiwitini and the Kiwifruit Mojito, which I absolutely LOVED.
|This Kiwi Mojito is easy drinking.|
General tip when prepping kiwifruit: A serrated peeler works best.
|The SunGold Kiwitini|
For breakfast or lunch, forgo the PB&J and whip up a PB&K, instead. I suggest lightly toasted whole grain or multigrain bread rather than traditional white, and Smucker’s Creamy Peanut Butter, or any other natural PB. Peel and slice your kiwifruit. Spread the peanut butter on one slice, top with sliced kiwi, spread PB on the other slice and assemble. Cut in half or quarters, and eat. Thanks to Rebecca Scritchfield R.D. for the tip!
|I like to eat peanut butter and kiwi on multigrain bread for breakfast.|
Did you know…
Two medium-sized Zespri® Kiwifruit have less than 100 calories, more vitamin C than an orange, and more potassium than a banana.
The SunGold is incredibly sweet and juicy, and the skin is tender and edible. Zespri® SunGold has twice as much vitamin C as green kiwifruit, with more than four times the US RDA (recommended daily allowance) in one serving. You can find where to shop for the SunGold here.
Kiwifruit are low in saturated fat, have no sodium and no cholesterol. They are also high in fiber and a great source of micronutrients including folate, vitamin E and antioxidants. They are an excellent digestive aid.
What’s your favorite way to eat kiwifruit?
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