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Updated on February 8, 2017
Kiwi is grown from a woody vine.
Kiwi is grown from a woody vine.

The Almighty God has provided potential healing powers for all fruits, herbs, and vegetables and kiwifruit is one of them. Kiwifruit is well known in the west as a small brownish fruit, not bigger than 3 inches long with a thin fuzzy skin for its delicious and nutritious value.


Kiwifruit is native to southern China and originally known as the National Fruit of the People's Republic of China. Other species are also found in India and Japan and southeastern Siberia. Cultivation spread from China in the early 20th century, when seeds were introduced to New Zealand by Mary Isabel Fraser, the principal of Wanganui Girls' College, who had been visiting mission schools in Yichang. Originally, the fruit was known as gooseberry.

The Chinese people of Southern China, along the river Yangtze have known of the very many benefits of the Kiwi fruit. There have been many Chinese literature on Kiwi fruit since the 1400's A.D. The oldest reference had been recorded in 720 B.C. on cancer like diseases in China. The use of Kiwi fruit is associated in folk lore medicine for prevention and therapy of cancer. Different cancers especially of digestive system and mammary gland have been treated by the Kiwi fruit prescriptions.

Kiwi output in 2005

Italy is now the leading producer of kiwifruit followed by New Zealand, Chile, Greece, Japan and the United States.
Italy is now the leading producer of kiwifruit followed by New Zealand, Chile, Greece, Japan and the United States.


The original Chinese name of the fruit, "Gooseberry" was changed because the name does not appear to be appealing to the people. When introduced to New Zealand, the name was changed into "kiwi" a New Zealand name for a brown flightless bird and New Zealand's national symbol, and also a colloquial name for the New Zealand people.

Today, Italy, New Zealand, Brazil and Chile also trade in the kiwifruit.

The scientific name for Kiwi Fruit is Actinidia chinenesis and is also known as Chinese Gooseberry. The Kiwi Fruit is higher in vitamin C than most fruits and is a great source of potassium.

Red Kiwi


In 27 types of fruits consumed such as avocado, mango, papaya, kiwi apparently has proven to have the highest nutrient density.

Antioxidant Protection

  • Kiwifruit is an excellent source of vitamin C. This nutrient is the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body, neutralizing free radicals that can cause damage to cells and lead to problems such as inflammation and for preventing conditions such as colon cancer, atherosclerosis, and diabetic heart disease.
  • Kiwifruit is also a good source of the important fat soluble antioxidant, vitamin E. This combination of both fat and water soluble antioxidants makes kiwi able to provide free radical protection.

Phytonutrients Protect DNA in human cells from damage

  • The delightful fruit contains numerous phytonutrients as well as well known vitamins and minerals that promote your health.

Fiber for Blood Sugar Control Plus Cardiovascular and Colon Health

  • Diets that contain plenty of fiber can reduce high cholesterol levels thus reducing the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Fiber is also good for removing toxins from the colon which may cause colon cancer.
  • Kiwifruit, are good for keeping the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients under control.

Good source of Minerals

  • According to Food ranking test, it has been shown as a good source of the minerals potassium, magnesium, copper and phosphorus.

Asthma, Before and After

Protection against Asthma

  • Eating vitamin C-rich fruit such as kiwi may help significantly to protect against respiratory symptoms such as asthma.
  • Over 18,000 children aged 6-7 years in Italy found that those eating the kiwifruit (5-7 servings per week) had 44% less incidence of wheezing compared to children eating the least. Shortness of breath was reduced by 32%, severe wheeze by 41%, night time cough by 27%, chronic cough by 25%, and runny nose by 28%.

Golden Kiwi


Raw kiwifruit is also rich in the protein dissolving enzyme actinidin as in papain, which is commercially useful as a meat tenderizer. but can be an allergen for some individuals. Reactions to these chemicals include abdominal pain, heartburn, sweating, sore mouth or throat, swelling of the lips, tongue and face. In severe cases, breathing difficulties..

Actinidin also makes raw kiwifruit unsuitable for use in desserts containing milk or any other dairy products. The enzyme soon begins to digest milk proteins.


Kiwi (gooseberry) Nutrients

One cup of gooseberries contains 1.32 grams of protein, 66 calories and over 6.5 grams of dietary fiber.

Potassium - 297 mg
Phosphorus - 40 mg
Magnesium - 15 mg
Calcium - 38 mg
Sodium - 2 mg
Iron - 0.47 mg
Selenium 0.9 mcg
Manganese - 0.216 mg
Copper - 0.105 mg
Zinc - 0.18 mg

Also contains small amounts of other minerals.

Vitamin A - 435 IU
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.06 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.045 mg
Niacin - 0.45 mg
Folate - 9 mcg
Pantothenic Acid - 0.429 mg
Vitamin B6 - 0.12 mg
Vitamin C - 41.5 mg
Vitamin E - 0.56 mg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.

A Few Serving Ideas

The following are a few quick serving ideas:

  • Kiwifruit are delicious and can be eaten as is.
  • Add kiwifruit to tossed green salads.
  • Serve sliced kiwifruit and strawberries with yogurt.
  • Use in fruit tarts for its appearance and flavour.
  • Mix 3 kiwifruits, 1/2 cup pineapple bits, 1/2 cup strawberries
    together with 1/2 lemon and 1/2 tsp honey.

  • Drinks
  • Mix 1/2 kiwi juice, 1/2 lemonade. Ice or frozen.
  • Mix 1/3 kiwi juice, 1/3 orange juice, 1/3 pineapple juice. Ice or frozen.
  • Mix 1/3 kiwi juice, 1/3 orange juice, 1/3 sprite. Ice or frozen.

California Kiwifruit Video

California Kiwifruit Video - English Version - YouTube

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    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Thanks for commenting.

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      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Your comments are welcome. Thanks for visiting.

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      V Kumar 

      7 years ago

      Very informative Hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      thanks einron for this information about kiwi...Nicely written by you voted up!!!!

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      The gooseberry in China is smaller in size. New Zealand did put a lot of research and cultivation into what is known in the world as kiwi. New Zealand has made the berry more popular as it is today.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Very interesting Hub, like others I had heard of 'gooseberrys' but did not know that they are aka Kiwifruit.

      During our summer we use the Kiwifruit in our smoothies and they add a great flavor!

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


      Thanks for visiting! Glad you learnt a lot.


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      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Interesting hub that i really learn t a lot from,thanks for enlightening me more.

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


      I was not aware of many things about kiwis until I started researching and writing. We live and learn as we go along. Peace!

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


      It's a shame that you cannot get good kiwis now that so many more countries are trading in kiwis.

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      7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I had thought I knew a lot about Kiwi but not until I read this hub. Very well researched. I am glad to have read this as I never knew of the potassium properties Kiwi has. Thanks :)

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      7 years ago

      I love kiwi great to know of all its health benefits.

      It is difficult to get good fruit where I live

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Deborrah K. Ogans

      Very grateful to see you again commenting on the hub. Good of you to take time to comment for I know you are a very busy writer yourself. Peace and blessings!

    • einron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Minnitonka Twin

      Thank you for you kind thoughts about the kiwifruit. I really enjoyed writing and researching the article. Am glad you like it.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Einron, Great! Wonderful hub on the many health benefits of kiwi. Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      Your hub is so amazingly thorough. I got to learn the history of this fruit, what vitamins I'm getting when eating them, and great recipes to make with them. I am also intrigued that it use to be called gooseberries. I have heard that term before and thought it was an all together differen't fruit. Very informative and interesting hub.


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