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Kiwi Facts

  • Name: Kiwi. Kiwifruit, Chinese Gooseberry
  • Type of Food: Fruit
  • Produced From: Multiple species in the genus Actinidia
  • Total Calories: 42 (one 2" fruit, 69 grams)
  • Total Fat: None (one 2" fruit, 69 grams)
  • Total Protein: 1 gram (one 2" fruit, 69 grams)
  • Total Carbohydrates: 10 grams (one 2" fruit, 69 grams)

26 Kiwi Facts for Kids

  1. Kiwi is a fruit consumed by humans.
  2. Kiwi is also known as kiwifruit or Chinese gooseberry.
  3. Kiwi is harvested from several different woody vine plants in the genus Actinidia.
  4. Most of the kiwifruit bought in local grocery stores is harvested from the Actinidia deliciosa (Hayward kiwi).
  5. Kiwifruit originated from central and Eastern China, the first recorded evidence of humans using kiwifruit dates to the 12th century during the Song dynasty.
  6. The Hayward kiwi has light brown skin, with an oval like shape.
  7. The Hayward kiwi is between 2 and 3 inches in length with a diameter between 1¾ and 2¼ inches.
  8. According to FAOSTAT, the world produced over 4.4 million tons of kiwi fruit in 2018.
  9. According to FAOSTAT, the largest producer of kiwi fruit in 2018 was China with over 2.2 million tons.
  10. Based on FAOSTAT data, China produced over 50% of the world’s kiwi fruit supply in 2018.
  11. The composition of a kiwi is 83% water, 15% carbohydrates and negligible fat and protein.
  12. Kiwi can be eaten raw, turned into a juice, added to baked goods or used to season and garnish food dishes.
  13. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains 42 calories.
  14. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains negligible fats.
  15. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains no cholesterol.
  16. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains 2 milligrams of sodium.
  17. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains 10 grams of carbohydrates.
  18. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains 2 grams of dietary fiber.
  19. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains 6 grams of sugar.
  20. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains 1 gram of protein.
  21. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains 23 milligrams of calcium.
  22. One two inch kiwifruit (69 grams) contains 216 milligrams of potassium.
  23. A 100 gram serving of kiwi contains 112% of the Daily Value for vitamin C and 38% for vitamin K.
  24. If you’re allergic to the cysteine protease enzyme actinidain you cannot eat a kiwi.
  25. According to the Guinness World Records, the world record for the most kiwis sliced on a balance board in one minute is 65. This record was set on September 7th, 2019 by David Rush in the United States of America.
  26. Kiwi is also the name of a flightless bird that is found in New Zealand.

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