Kiwifruit and Strawberry: BFFs for Life
When did the world first fall in love with this flavorful combination?
Ever since the 80s, the power couple has been a favorite combination in everything from sodas and infused water, to jams and smoothies — even chewing gum. The kiwifruit and strawberry perfectly complement each other’s flavor profile.
You can balance out the strawberry’s sweet with the hint of tart from a green kiwifruit. Or take the sweetness to the next level by blending strawberries with the tropical goodness of Zespri SunGold.
Kiwifruit and strawberry don’t just taste great together. They also look great in recipes, like our Strawberry Kiwi Basil Salad. They also have similar textures. So much so, that we even suggested substituting strawberries with kiwifruit in recipes to add a dash of zip to the meal.
Okay, so we know that kiwifruit and strawberry taste great together.
But how does their nutritional value compare?
Nutrition Benefits of Kiwifruit
Kiwifruit are nutrition powerhouses, chock-full of vitality. Both our Green and SunGold™ Kiwifruit are among the most nutritious fruits available with a rich combination of fiber, potassium, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Like strawberries, Zespri® Kiwifruit have no fat, no cholesterol and no sodium. Kiwifruit have both insoluble and soluble fiber which is rare for fruit. Kiwifruit are both a low Glycemic Index food and low FODMAP.
Studies continue to examine the impact of kiwifruit for positive health. Zespri Kiwifruit can help people reach their maximum health potential. From heart health to digestive health, kiwifruit shows that a small fruit can pack a big nutritional punch.
Nutrition Benefits of Strawberries
Packed in that tiny, heart-shaped package are vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. In fact, they are among the top fruits in antioxidant capacity. Our immune system can benefit immensely from the antioxidants in strawberries. Strawberries are sodium-free, fat-free and cholesterol-free — but they’re certainly not taste-free!
Strawberries are so delicious, they are used to flavor everything from milkshakes and cakes, to smoothies and sodas. The versatility of strawberries makes it a perfect ingredient in healthy salads and mouth-watering desserts.
But how does a strawberry compare to kiwifruit?
Kiwifruit and Strawberry: Nutritional Comparison
A kiwifruit and strawberry not only have complementary flavors, they also have similar nutritional value. Both are packed with life-enhancing vitamins and antioxidants.
On the surface, they seem evenly matched. But let’s look deeper!
When we compare a serving size of Zespri kiwifruit to a serving size of strawberries, you’ll see just how similar they are in nutritional value. But you’ll also see quite a few differences:
- Vitamin C: SunGold Kiwifruit delivers nearly 3 times as much vitamin C than strawberries (430% of the recommended daily value vs 162%)
- Vitamin E: Zespri Green and SunGold Kiwi contain 10% recommended daily value of vitamin E; meanwhile, the vitamin E content in strawberries is negligible.
- Potassium – SunGold: 520mg (15%) – Green: 462mg (13%) – Strawberries: 254 mg (7%)
- Fiber – SunGold: 2g (8%) – Green: 4g (16%) – Strawberries: 3g (13%)
Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together
In the end, strawberries and kiwifruit are both excellent sources of the life-giving nutrients we need for healthful vitality. So do we have to choose between the two fruits? Not when we can have both!
The explosion of taste from mixing strawberries with kiwi can be found in several of our recipes. When we revealed The Absolutely Perfect Zespri Kiwi Fruit Salad, we showed you that using strawberries with Zespri Kiwifruit — along with grapes, raspberries and blueberries — made for fruit salad that not only tastes great, but looks great too!
For those hot summer days, peel and slice kiwi, puree with cut strawberries, and freeze to make refreshing Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles that kids of all ages will love. Zespri Green will add a bit of tart to your sweet. But using SunGold will add that tropical flavor that can transport you to the nearest beach without leaving your home.
Kiwifruit and strawberry. Two nutritional juggernauts. Good by themselves. Perfect together.
It’s no wonder everyone is still in love with this flavorful couple.
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