Known for its vibrant green color, kiwi is a pleasantly unusual fruit. Contrary to popular belief, the fuzzy fruit originated in China. However, New Zealand developed the first commercial plantings of the fruit in the early 1900s. Thus people often assume the fruit comes from New Zealand.
Like many fruits, fresh kiwi is not easily stored for extended periods. However, dried kiwi is more stable and can be transported and stored more easily than fresh fruit. There are several health benefits to consuming the dried variety of fruit.
Kiwi is rich in antioxidant Vitamins C and E. They also contain carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta carotene. A higher intake of carotenoids may lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and death. Kiwis have high levels of soluble and insoluble fiber. The fiber found in kiwis swells and retains water better than other types of fiber. Therefore, kiwis may slow digestion, which may benefit diabetics. Kiwis' fiber content also supports gut health and aids in avoiding constipation.
Dried kiwi is also high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C supports the immune system and boosts the function of neutrophils, cells that protect against pathogens. Most people can consume kiwis safely and benefit from the fruit's nutrient profile. However, people who are allergic to actinidin should avoid the green fruit in fresh and dried forms.
We have glazed kiwi and dried kiwi snacks. Our dried fruits can be mixed with other fruits and nuts to create your own snack mixes. Kiwi makes a sweet, tangy topping for oatmeal. Whether you want to use kiwi as a garnish or a standalone snack, we have bulk kiwi for all your needs.