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A Jewel In The Orchard: Unveiling Red Kiwifruit

Eatlocal is all about celebrating the freshest, most exciting seasonal produce, and today we're shining a spotlight on a dazzling discovery - RubyRed kiwifruit from Zespri! Forget everything you thought you knew about kiwifruit because this dynamic newcomer is bursting with surprises.

RubyRed Kiwifruit

A selection of images showing green and gold kiwifruit, cut and whole

The red kiwifruit lives up to its name with a vibrant flesh that's as captivating to look at as it is to eat. This striking colour comes from a natural pigment called anthocyanin, the same compound that gives blueberries, strawberries and raspberries their rich hues. Anthocyanins are not just aesthetic; they're also powerful antioxidants believed to contribute to improved mood and well-being.

For many of us, kiwifruit conjures up images of fuzzy green or golden ovals. The red kiwifruit shatters this expectation, unveiling a bright crimson flesh, which contrasts beautifully with its tiny black seeds. This captivating colour isn't just for show; it's a hint of the unique flavour profile within.

A wafer thin slice of green kiwifruit

Unlike the green kiwi known for its tart edge, the red kiwifruit strikes a delightful balance between sweet and tangy. The flavour is often described as milder and more tropical, with hints of berries and citrus. This makes it incredibly versatile, and perfectly suited for both sweet and savoury dishes.

Don't be fooled by its sweetness though; the red kiwifruit is a nutritional powerhouse. It's an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital for a healthy immune system and also boasts antioxidant properties that can help protect your cells from damage.

Two whole red kiwifruit and one cut in half showing the bright colour inside

The stunning flesh and balanced flavour make it a versatile ingredient for any home cook to explore.

Here are some exciting ways to incorporate this delicious fruit into your creations:

  • Breakfast Bonanza: Start your day with a burst of colour by incorporating red kiwifruit slices into your yoghurt, smoothie bowl, or on top of your morning porridge.

  • Salads with a Twist: Ditch the everyday ordinary and add diced red kiwifruit to your next salad for a pop of colour, sweetness, and a delightful textural contrast. It pairs beautifully with green leaves such as baby spinach, feta cheese, and walnuts, with a light dressing so as not to overpower the tropical flavour of the fruit.

  • Sweet Treats: Bake them into muffins, pies, or tarts, top a cheesecake, or even create a stunning red coulis to drizzle over your favourite ice cream.

Fun Facts

The red kiwifruit is not just a delicious addition to your diet; it's also an interesting conversation starter. Here are some fun facts for you:

  • The red kiwifruit is a natural mutation of the traditional green variety. It first appeared in China in the early 1990s.

  • It's a berry! Here's the science behind it: In botany, a berry is defined as a fleshy fruit that develops from a single flower ovary and has multiple seeds scattered throughout the flesh. All kiwifruit perfectly fit this description as they develop from a single flower and have numerous tiny black seeds distributed within their flesh.

  • The skin is edible, but whether you choose to eat the skin is personal preference. If you want the extra nutrients the skin offers and want to try something new, give it a go! But if the texture or bitterness bothers you, simply peel it off and enjoy the delicious flesh.

  • Keen to try red kiwifruit? There's a cheeky catch: it's seasonal, typically only available from April to June. This limited availability adds to its allure, making it a special treat to savour during its peak season.

So, if you're looking for a burst of flavour, a pop of colour, and a taste of something truly special, keep your eyes open for red kiwifruit. It's a jewel waiting to be discovered in your fruit bowl.


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