I am a huge fan of kiwi fruit. Did you know there is a golden variety as well? Often called Kiwi Gold, Gold Kiwifruit, Zespri Gold, etc. just might be better than the classic green kiwi.
One of my favorite things to do is experience and taste new fruits as well as eat favorite fruits. I have always enjoyed eating kiwi fruit ever since I was little. We would often have it with strawberries and dip slices in sour cream and then in brown sugar. So yummy!
Recently I discovered there was a Kiwi Gold variety and was super excited to try it. In this post you will learn all about the amazing golden kiwi, where it comes from, some nutritional benefits, how to eat it, and what they taste like to me. Let’s get started!
Where does Kiwi Gold come from?
The Actinidia chinensis, most commonly known as the golden kiwifruit or gold kiwi is a fruiting vine that originated in China. It is very closely related to the Actinidia deliciosa which is the most common green kiwi.
The kiwi gold has a nice smooth skin as opposed to the hairy skin of the classic green kiwi fruit. The common varieties that are grown and sold are the Zespri Gold also known as SunGold.
In the early 1900’s they were exported from China to New Zealand, where they thrived. We most commonly associate the Kiwi as a “New Zealand” fruit.
They also grow very well in Italy. In fact, did you know that Italy produces/grows more Kiwi Gold than any other country? Pretty interesting!
The Golden Kiwi grows in a variety of countries around the world. They also grow very well in the United States. They thrive in mild temperate climates. You can easily grow them in parts of California, Texas, Kentucky, Alabama, etc.
What are the health benefits of the Golden Kiwi?
These fruit are loaded with nutrients:
- Just one fruit contains 100% of your vitamin C needs for the day.
- High in antioxidants
- High in Fiber
- Low glycemic index
- Support immune system
- High in Potassium
Learn more about the health benefits at Zespri.com.
How to eat the yellow kiwi?
You eat the gold kiwi like any other kiwi. Wash the fruit well with water. Then there are a few ways you can eat it. Slice it in half. They should be slightly soft to the touch and have a little bit of give when you squeeze them. If they are still really hard, allow them to ripen in the fridge or on the counter a little longer.
Then take a spoon and scoop it out. This is a very common way to eat both varieties of kiwi.
You can use a pairing knife or peeler and remove the outer skin and slice it up if you like. Which is another common way.
Or you can just slice it with the skin on and eat it. The skin is very nutritious. Most people I know of here in the United States don’t eat the skin. But the skin is more appetizing on the gold kiwi than it is on the green kiwi, both of which are edible.
Honestly, you can also just take the whole fruit and just bite into it after washing it. So there are several ways to eat this wonderful fruit.
What do golden kiwi taste like?
First of all, I enjoy these more than a classic green kiwi. The kiwi gold is more sweet and less tart. It has a very pleasant soft texture with less seeds. There is a small hint of pineapple and mango that I can detect as well. Overall such a pleasing taste, which make it rank very high among my favorite fruits to eat.
Of course, taste is subjective, but if you haven’t tried this variety before, give them a try!
Golden Kiwifruit Video
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