I know, I know, I totally suck, right?
I mean, it’s not *that* hard to put up a new blog post… it’s just…well, you know this whole ‘life’ thing that gets in the way?
I promise I won’t leave you stranded for so long again, I *will* try and do better…and as a peace offering, how about some kiwis?
The green and golden kiwi fruit are two extremely strange and plain fruit when viewed from the outside, but once you look beyond the skin, you’re introduced to a wonderfully floral, sweet, tropical flavour that can spice up any fruit platter.
Now, most folks are probably familiar with the green kiwi and its wonderfully sweet and yet tart flavour…however I’d like to take this opportunity to present to you the golden kiwi – a firm favourite of mine. As you can see in the photo above, the fruit is slightly differently shaped, but the differences don’t end there. The skin of the golden kiwi is actually barely fuzzy, and a quick scrub under running water will render a fruit that can be eaten skin and all.
As for the fruit itself, well, it’s so different from the flavour of the green kiwi that you’d be forgiven for not thinking them to be in any way related! The golden kiwi has a much sweeter and more tropical/floral scent and flavour, with none of the tartness of its green cousin!
Not only do kiwis taste terrific, but did you know about some of their wonderful health benefits?
1. The humble kiwi has far more vitamin C than an equivalent measure of oranges would have
2. The kiwi contains antioxidant elements unique in their ability to protect human cells from oxygen-related damage/degeneration
3. The kiwi is also an excellent source of polyphenols, and a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and copper, all of which may function individually or in concert to protect the blood vessels and heart.
Now, what better way to take advantage of these wonderful flavours and health benefits than in a energy-packed kiwi and strawberry smoothie?
Kiwi and Strawberry Smoothie
2 golden kiwi fruit, peeled and roughly chopped
2 green kiwi fruit, peeled and roughly chopped
6-10 ripe strawberries, rinsed and hulled
1/2 cup natural unsweetened yoghurt
1/2 cup low fat/soy milk
1 tbsp honey
Place all ingredients in a large jug and blitz with an immersion blender (regular blender is fine, just more a pain in the arse to clean!) until well blended and the mixture is thick and creamy. Serve chilled, and garnish glass with a big beautiful strawberry
This is one of those ‘non recipes’ – it’s really so easy that to call it a recipe seems a bit silly…but if you happen to have some strawberries and kiwi fruit rolling about the kitchen, why not give it a try anyway?
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