Gold kiwis distinguish themselves from common kiwis in colour, texture and flavour. The Gold kiwi has bronze toned, smooth, hairless paper-thin skin. The golden flesh is dotted with the trademark edible black seeds. Its flavours are sweet and tropical with notes of pineapple and mango. Its shape is oval, coming to a blunted point at its stem end. The entire Gold kiwi fruit is edible.
Gold kiwis can replace green kiwis in any given recipe calling for kiwis. They will have less acid-forward flavour, though which should be considered if attempting to using an acidic fruit to cut the richness of fats in dairy or meats. Gold kiwis can lend themselves to preparations both sweet and savoury, cold and warm in cold soups, decadent desserts including pies and ice creams, granitas and fruit tarts. Gold kiwis bring a tropical flavour to salads and cocktails. Golden kiwis pair well with acidic and creamy fruits alike such as passion fruits and bananas, bright herbs such as mint and cilantro, nuts such as cashews and macadamias, and mild fruits such as apples and cucumbers. Within savoury preparations, Gold kiwi can enhance many ethnic foods from Asian to Latin. Gold kiwis stand up well to the richness of stewed meats, avocados, the boldness of peppery flavours, chutneys and the aged flavours of sheep’s and goat’ cheeses.
Kiwis are a great source of vitamin C, golden kiwifruit can provide 3 times the amount of an orange per 100 g.
Benefits of vitamin C are:
Supporting the immune system to help reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu
Reducing tiredness and fatigue
Supporting collagen formation, which is essential for healthy skin, teeth and bones.
Antioxidants – polyphenols and Vitamin E
Gold kiwifruit contain a good level of vitamin E and polyphenols, which have been shown to have an antioxidant effect.
Kiwifruit has low glycaemic index. This is largely due to the unique hydration properties of kiwifruit dietary fibre – the fibres swells to nearly 3 times its original size which makes uptake of sugars into the bloodstream steadier.
The kiwifruit dietary fibre (namely hemicellulose, cellulose and pectin) supports digestive health by helping to bulk up stool, improve transit time and act as a prebiotic by getting fermented in the colon by the good bacteria that reside there.