You might think that kiwifruit is as American as apple pie, but you’d be wrong. In fact, the kiwifruit wasn’t even known in the United States until the late 1960s! While we might be tempted to think that the kiwi flavor is “standard” or “classic,” it turns out that this tropical fruit is… well… quite tropical, indeed!
The 8 Kiwi Facts You’ve Never Heard
- Every year, growers produce more than one million kiwis (according to the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
- Roughly half of these kiwis are grown in Italy!
- Kiwifruit is incredibly good for you. In fact, a raw kiwi contains 3.9 grams of dietary fiber, 1.2 grams of protein, and plenty of other nutrients and phytonutrients.
- Though the kiwi is jam-packed with nutritious ingredients, it’s also jam-packed with… latex. People who suffer from “latex-fruit syndrome” can’t eat bananas, pineapple, avocado, or kiwis, amongst other fruits.
- Next time you think about popping an aspirin for your heart health, eat a kiwi instead. Studies have found that the kiwifruit can lower risk of blood clots and heart attacks.
Enough about health. What about the plant itself?
- Kiwis grow on deciduous vines (kind of like grapes). So don’t ever ask a farmer about his kiwi trees. You might get a strange look.
- While many Americans live in regions that can produce grapes and other deciduous-vine fruits, the same cannot be said of the kiwi. The kiwi vine needs at least 200 days without any threat of frost, meaning its growing regions are very limited in the United States.
- The kiwi vine can be a labor-intensive endeavor. With vines climbing up past the six-foot high mark, lots of pruning, watering, and care is required of the grower!
Kiwi: A Unique Tropical Syrup and Martini Mix
Ready to start enjoying some delicious – naturally sourced – kiwi flavor? Amoretti is proud to offer the great taste of this tropical fruit in two forms: Amoretti Premium Kiwi Syrup, perfect for tea (iced and hot), cocktails, and more, as well as Amoretti Kiwi Martini Cocktail Mix, one of our top martini mixes.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy kiwi? Let us know!