Wednesday, October 28, 2009


In honor of the title of my blog here are the facts on KiwiBerries.  Customers LOVED them at our last delivery.  The yummy healthy goodness of kiwi without all the peeling!

KiwiBerries - unique, organic fruit varieties nurtured by the sun, naturally vine ripened, highly nutritious, rich in antioxidants, and outrageously great tasting.

"KiwiBerries" are a nutritional powerhouse, they are the most nutrient dense of all the major fruits, and are an extremely healthy food source.  Containing almost 20 vital nutrients, Kiwi Berries are considered a super fruit!  They're not just good for you...they're delicious.
Our berries are higher in nutrient value because we grow them on our modified T-bar trellises where they receive lots of sunshine.
They are rich in antioxidants which are known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and help slow the aging process, to name just a few.

The benefits of these flavorful berries include:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz. (170 grams)
Amount per serving
Calories    130                                                    Calories from Fat   9
                                                                                  % Daily Value *
Total Fat     1g                                                                              1%
Saturated Fat     0g                                                                      0%
Cholesterol     0mg                                                                       0%
Sodium     0mg                                                                             0%
Total Carbohydrate     30g                                                        10%
Dietary Fiber     8g                                                                    31%
Sugars     16g                       
Protein     2g
Vitamin A   6%                          -                             Vitamin C    120%
Calcium    10%                         -                                         Iron    4%
* Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000
calorie diet.  Your daily values may be higher
or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories                                    2000             2500
Total Fat          Less than             65g                                     80g
Sat Fat          Less than             20g                                     25g
Cholesterol                         Less than              300mg        300mg
Sodium            Less than          2,400mg       2,400mg             
Total Carbohydrate                    300g              375g
Dietary Fiber                              25g               30g
Calories per gram
Fat   9        -        Carbohydrate   4        -        Protein   4

Research from the Kiwi Enthusiasts Journal
The future for kiwi as an important cancer prevention agent seems encouraging in light of recent studies.  ( Noburu Motohashi ) Kiwifruit Enthusiasts Journal.
Kiwi is a nutritional powerhouse and an extremely healthy food source.  They contain twice the amount of Vitamin E of an avocado fruit, with only 60% of its calories.  Kiwi is rich in folic acid, high in fibre, excellent in potassium (higher per ounce than bananas), an extraordinary source of chromium, and have almost no sodium.  Some 20 nutrients, all but 3 in meaningful amounts, are contained in this fruit.  In this regard kiwi resembles a vegetable more than a fruit, and it may be considered a "super fruit".  The Vitamin C content is almost five times that of a medium orange. 
The positive elements of these berries are of valuable importance to both health consciousness, and medical benefits as well. In China, Actinidia in general is known as a medicine against cancer.  It is said, the Vitamin C, actinidia and 3-Oxy 2- pyranol are efficient in curing cancer.  In China people use those fruits as prophylactic medicine and curative medicine.  
Kiwi is an ancient Chinese fruit tree indigenous to southern Asia whose popularity has grown since the beginning of this century when it was introduced to New Zealand.  Since this time, its use as a traditional Chinese medicament has been investigated and studies of "cancer" records of China reveal that kiwi has been used in anticancer therapy.  Recent studies have elucidated two active principles of kiwi, whose modes of action have been investigated.  Ascorbic acid, present in relatively great amounts in kiwi, act both directly and indirectly in preventing some types of cancer.  It acts directly in the quenching of cancer causing free radicals and the inhibition of the production of carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds.  Indirectly, ascorbic acid promotes the production of interferon, and the increased production of "second messengers" such as cyclic-AMAP and cyclic-GMP.  Another constituent of kiwi, actinidin protease, acts directly to break down animal proteins in the digestive tract thereby aiding in the digestion of meats.  This facilitates improved maintenance of the digestive tract in the defense against cancer.  
The overall composition of A. Arguta from a thesis by Philippe Rothgerber published in the Kiwifruit Enthusiasts Journal Vol. 6:

5% dry matter of 1.29% of fresh fruit
32.6% of dry matter or 8.47% of fresh fruit
( 25% of dry matter)
( 15% of dry matter)
( 5% of dry matter)
( <3% of dry matter)
( only very little)
Vitamin C
80mg/100g ( 400 mg% of dry matter)
Vitamin PP
Provitamin A ( carotin )
Vitamin B1 and B2

3 Oxy 2 paranol (a substitute which separates nitrites)
Actinidin (a ferment [enzyme] which stops coagulation)


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