Despite being such a small fruit—it’s approximately the size of a grape—this miniature kiwi is on its way to becoming the new star in healthy eating. Both in gastronomy for its flavor and in the world of medicine and nutrition.
Not in vain, it’s a vitamin powerhouse, boasting vitamins A and C. But what’s more, it has recently been discovered that, proportionally to its size, it’s the fruit with the most antioxidant power known to date. We’re talking about the minikiwi berry or, by its scientific name, actinidia arguta.
All the healthy properties packed into this mini kiwi
Finding foods we can include in a healthy diet is always great news. It seems like the entire food industry is determined to make us neglect our health. Many times when they present a new product under the “healthy food” label, they are deceiving us. So the emergence of new options for a balanced diet is always a great joy, especially when they are as delicious as this one.
Also known as baby kiwi or dwarf kiwi, the minikiwi berry is sweeter than yellow kiwi and has spectacular antioxidant qualities, actually, proportionally it’s the fruit known with the most antioxidants. It gets its name from its appearance, with an interior identical to kiwi, but in a grape size. Its skin is also similar to a kiwi but much thinner and without fuzz, so it can be eaten with the peel, which concentrates a large part of its nutrients.
The new sensation in superfoods
There is no doubt that the minikiwi berry is on its way to being one of the most recommended fruits by nutritionists worldwide and sought after by everyone living a healthy lifestyle. This dwarf kiwi is excellent for health, with a particularly prominent role in strengthening the immune system to the maximum, thanks to its high antioxidant content. In fact, it’s loaded with them.
It’s as if you took all the antioxidants scattered in any superfood and squeezed them into a compact mass. To be more specific, you only need to eat 60 or 70 grams of this fruit a day to get the complete intake of vitamin C that the body needs.
But it has become the trendy superfood not only because it’s like an antioxidants bomb. This little one is also a significant source of folic acid, vitamin E, magnesium, and plenty of fiber. In total, the nutrients with essential functions for the body contained in this fruit surpass twenty.
A minikiwi berry variety as sweet as honey
In addition to all these healthy properties, eating this mini kiwi doesn’t require any sacrifice to feel better. Quite the opposite. It’s one of the sweetest fruits around. In fact, its sweetness level is roughly on par with honey. Soon, people will say “sweet as a minikiwi berry” instead of “as sweet as honey.” If you don’t like intense sweetness, you can eat them without peeling, as the skin has a bitter taste. Many people who already eat this superfood opt for this sweet-bitter contrast.
Regarding the variety of this fruit, although they all more or less fit the same description, there are some specific variations. The skin of these mini superfoods ranges from reddish tones to intense green. There are also differences in weight and size, ranging from 2 to 30 grams.
Make lovely ice creams and smoothies with the minikiwi berry
The time to plant minikiwi berry is during winter and early spring when temperatures are not too high yet. So its consumption season is summer well into autumn. Even this is an advantage! As a summer fruit, it’s ideal for beating the heat with a sweet and refreshing treat like ice cream without the calories and with a bunch of healthy properties. Great for staying in shape throughout the beach season.
Like all fruits, you can consume minikiwi berry in juices; in fact, we recommend a banana and our mini kiwi smoothie. It’s delicious, and the addition of banana, rich in potassium, makes it a fabulous healthy energy drink. Of course, you can also have it in fruit salads and all the combinations that other fruits allow. We are confident about this baby kiwi has arrived to become an important member of the healthy food family