Kiwifruit is a native to China. In ancient China it was known as Yang Tao, it is now a national fruit of China because of its favorable taste as well as medicinal properties. It was introduced in New Zealand by missionaries, and in the late 1960s it was introduced in the United States – where it was called Chinese Gooseberry. Luckily, kiwi got its new name – in honor of New Zealand’s native bird – from an enterprising food distributor, and its subsequent cultivation flew around the globe. Italy, New Zealand, Chile, France, Japan, and the US are the highest producers of kiwi in the world.
Indian Himalayas are bestowed with enormous diversity of agro-ecological conditions permitting the cultivation of wide range of horticultural crops. Fruits like Apple, Pear, Peach, Apricot, Cherry, Almond, etc. are grown extensively in this region. Kiwi is another introduction to Indian Himalayan Region. Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh is a kiwi fruit cultivation area. Agriculture being the main occupation of the tribes and the favorable weather condition of Ziro encouraged the commercial farming of Kiwi fruit in the area. Ziro is also one of the world heritage sites.
Every year India imports 4,000 tonnes of kiwi from New Zealand, Italy and Chile. The import duty for importing Kiwi in India is 30%, which is the reason for the high prices of imported kiwi. The domestically grown kiwi is not only less expensive but is also endowed with better nutritional quality. One of the features which sets it apart from the imported kiwi is its weight. The kiwi that is imported in the country usually weighs around 35-45 grams per unit, whereas the kiwi from the Himalayan region weighs about 70-100 grams per unit. With all the buzz about Make In India, empowering Indian farmers by buying locally grown produce rather than splurging on fancy named imported brands. That is truly make in India. Our farmers have a lot to offer, and their crops can be turned into money-spinners.
Kiwi is a nutrient dense food, meaning, it is high in nutrients and low in calories. The possible health benefits of consuming kiwis include maintaining healthy skin tone and texture, reducing blood pressure and preventing heart disease and stroke. It is also an effective sleep inducer. The fiber and potassium in kiwi support heart health. Kiwi is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin E. It is a trove of nutrients and minerals with a tangy-sweet taste. The seeds of kiwi fruit provide Omega 3 fat, these fats are vital for brain and heart health. Kiwi also contains an enzyme called actinidia, which aids digestion by breaking down the proteins much faster.
Kiwi can be consumed raw, just how other fruits are consumed. Other than being eaten as a fruit it can be added to your favourite salad or churned down to make a detoxifying smoothie. Apart from edible consumption, kiwi makes for a marvelous face mask, as it is packed with vitamin E.
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