December 21, 2013

National Kiwi Fruit Day

"Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead." - Emma Bombeck

It's National Kiwi Day!

When I was first introduced to kiwi as a preschooler, I thought they were called "peewee," and I wanted absolutely nothing to do with them because they were both hairy and slimy. And as every five year old knows: fruit should be neither of those two things.

I don't think I started actively eating kiwi until I was in college. Sometimes the local grocer would have deals where you could buy quite a few for just a couple dollars. I would peel them, and then eat 'em like an apple. Good for me, considering kiwis are full of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, too.

These fruit, which we tend to associate with New Zealand, actually originated in China (it's even considered the National Fruit of the country!). They were brought to N.Z. in the 1930's and were originally referred to as the "Chinese gooseberry".

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National Kiwi Day!