When I tried to unload a package of ripe kiwi fruit on the other Sugar editors, I was shocked by how many people don't care for kiwi. One of them was my boss, who said she couldn't deal with kiwi's mushy texture. I told her she should give the fruit another try, this time with the skin still on, as it adds a crisp element to the eating experience. When I saw the look of skepticism on her face, I had to reassure her that the slightly scratchy skin doesn't taste rough going down, but rather a little bit crispy.
Last week, YumSugar had a box of kiwis up for grabs, but she was having trouble finding any takers. Kiwis are a polarizing fruit, but they're definitely a healthy food worth trying.
This fuzzy-skinned fruit is packed with vitamin C: one medium kiwi contains about 70.5 mg of C, just slightly less than one medium orange. Better yet, buy organic, and vitamin C and polyphenol levels are even higher.
With just 50 calories per kiwi, the green flesh is also high in vitamin E, potassium, and dietary fiber. You can peel them or add a bit of texture by leaving the skin on (vigorously washed of course). They're good in fruit salads and green salads. Can't convince your friends to eat kiwi? Perhaps you'd have more luck serving up a kiwi cocktail.