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The Health Benefits of Kiwifruit
The kiwi fruit is indigenous to China where the great Khans of China considered them a delicacy.
Missionaries introduced kiwi fruit to New Zealand in the early 20th century. It was originally known as yang tao, and then as the Chinese gooseberry before being named kiwi fruit in honor of the national bird of New Zealand.
Kiwifruit keeps well under refrigeration, and at approximately 0.5 degrees Celsius, may last up to 9 months.
New Zealand and Italy are the world’s top producers, and kiwi fruit are now grown worldwide.
Health Benefits of Kiwifruit
The enzyme actinidin found in kiwifruit is an allergen to some individuals and may cause allergic reactions. References:
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2. Benders’ Dictionary of Nutrition and Food Technology.
3. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
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