Being also small, furry and brown, the kiwifruit or kiwi for short is named after the bird that is New Zealand’s national symbol. Use of the name is fairly recent however.
Kiwis (the fruit) are actually native in China. It was in the beginning of the 20th century that seeds of the fruit were brought to and cultivated in New Zealand. One of the Chinese names for it is yang tao which literally means “sunny peach”. New Zealanders called it Chinese gooseberries. When the fruit eventually made its way to the U.S., it was initially called melonette. It was only around the early 1960’s that the fruit’s current common name was finally established.
It’s easy to underestimate such a relatively dull-looking fruit, but the kiwi is actually packed with a lot of vitamins and phytonutrients. Read on to learn the benefits of kiwi and how it can help you reach your Superhuman health goals.