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The kiwi is an edible fruit that was originally called the Chinese gooseberry. The fruit was renamed in the 1950s by New Zealand exporters to "kiwifruit", which refers to both New Zealand's national symbol (the kiwi bird) and to the colloquial name for New Zealand people. The fruit is commonly oval-shaped, with a fuzzy brown skin that encloses a bright green or golden flesh, with rows of tiny black seeds. Most of the world's kiwis today are grown in New Zealand, Italy, Brazil, and Chile. (Read more on Wikipedia.)

Like almost all fruits, kiwis are cholesterol free, fat free, and very high in vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber. Kiwis also contain a variety of flavonoids and carotenoids known for their antioxidant activity. The nutrients in this fruit promote cardiovascular health, eye health, colon health, and respiratory health! (Read more on World's Healthiest Foods.)

It is best to store kiwis in the refrigerator. To make them ripen faster you can keep them in a closed plastic bag together with an apple or pear.