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Kiwifruit Make a Delicious Addition to Summer Meals
[August 20, 2014]

Kiwifruit Make a Delicious Addition to Summer Meals

MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--

It's time to rethink kiwifruit. While kiwifruit make a flavorful, healthful snack, they also add a fresh, fruity flair to salads, desserts, baked goods, sandwiches and even cocktails.

Bacon Lettuce and Kiwifruit Sandwich (BLK). (Photo: Business Wire)

Bacon Lettuce and Kiwifruit Sandwich (BLK). (Photo: Business Wire)

New Zealand Zespri® Kiwifruit is abundant in markets now through October. Enjoy the nutritional benefits of kiwifruit with these tasty new recipes that show off the fruit's versatility and sweet-tangy flavor.

  • Kiwifruit and Prosciutto Crostini
  • Baked Brie with Spicy Kiwifruit Compote
  • Shades of Green Super Foods Salad
  • Black Rice Salad with Kiwifruit and Cashews
  • Korean Lettuce Cups with SunGold Kiwifruit Cucumber Salsa
  • Bacon Lettuce and Kiwifruit Sandwiches (BLKs)
  • SunGold Kiwifruit Pavlova Parfaits
  • SunGold Kiwifruit Raspberry Cobbler
  • Kiwifruit White Chocolate Scones

Because of their flavor and juiciness, kiwifruit also make a sweet base for these cocktail recipes:

  • Kiwifruit Mojito
  • SunGold Kiwitini
  • Southern Cross SunGold Kiwifruit Cocktail

"Kiwifruit have a wonderfully balanced flavor - a little sweet, a little tart - that plays vry well in everything from entrees to desserts," said Michele Hoard, senior marketing manager for Zespri® Kiwifruit North America. "A current culinary trend is playing around with sweet notes in savory dishes and vice versa, and kiwifruit are the perfect ingredient to experiment with."

The newest member of the Zespri® family, SunGold, has golden yellow flesh and a sweet, refreshing tropical flavor, with just a slight tangy note. SunGold are bigger and have smoother skin than their more familiar green kiwifruit cousins, but they are grown with the same care and commitment to quality.

That tropical sweetness comes through in baked desserts and drinks. In the SunGold Kiwifruit Raspberry Cobbler, the fruit gets even sweeter when baked and served warm, pairing well with earthy raspberries and a rich buttermilk crust. And made with a whole SunGold Kiwifruit, a kiwitini is a refreshing drink on a hot day, with a dash of sour mix enhancing the fruit's natural tang.

Both green kiwifruit and SunGold are a surprising addition to a classic sandwich. Layers of sweet kiwifruit and smoky bacon may just make the BLK (that's bacon, lettuce and kiwifruit) the new summer staple. A smear of herby cheese spread brings out the kiwifruit's savory side. And Zespri® Green Kiwifruit are an absolute must in a Shades of Green Super Foods Salad - they're the tangy connection bringing together fresh cucumbers, hearty greens, meaty edamame and rich pistachios, all in a honey-lime dressing.

Along with being a delicious addition to recipes, kiwifruit alone are nutritional powerhouses. Two medium-sized kiwifruit have fewer than 100 calories, more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a banana. Kiwifruit are low in fat, saturated fat and sodium, and they are free of cholesterol. They are also high in fiber and a great source of micronutrients including folate, vitamin E and antioxidants, which promote health and vitality. One large kiwifruit has a moderate to low glycemic index of 39. This means it does not rapidly raise blood glucose levels.

These recipes and many more can be found at New Zealand-grown Zespri® Kiwifruit are available in the United States and Canada for a limited time, from June through October.

Zespri® International ( exports the world's premium kiwifruit and is recognized as one of the world's most successful horticulture marketing companies. Zespri® is owned by the 2,400-plus kiwifruit growers of New Zealand, who collectively produce more than 86 million trays of fruit each year.

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