Can You Eat Kiwi Skin?
Kiwis are one of the most popular edible fruits in New Zealand. They have been cultivated since time immemorial and they were first introduced to Europe in 1642. The fruit is native to tropical Asia but it was brought here by early settlers who planted them because they could grow quickly. Today there are over 100 varieties of kiwifruit grown all around the world.
The kiwi is not a true tree like other trees, rather it grows from seed and the seeds develop into young plants which then produce new shoots called leaves or stems. These shoots eventually become large mature trees with many branches and a trunk. The main difference between a tree and a shrub is that trees need sunlight to survive whereas shrubs do best when sheltered from direct sun.
Kiwifruits are a very nutritious fruit and they contain high levels of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, protein and various vitamins. However, the flesh of kiwifruit contains no fat so it is best eaten raw or cooked. The skin is edible too although it does not taste good if eaten raw.
It is easy to tell whether something is safe to eat or not simply by looking at its appearance. Edible plants and other produce are generally brightly colored. This is because colorful plants contain antioxidants which help to prevent the plant from damage caused by free radicals. Concentrated amounts of free radicals are known to cause cell and tissue damage so eating foods with lots of antioxidants helps to slow this down.
If something has gone bad then it will usually have a distinct smell. This is particularly true of meat and fish but it also applies to other types of food as well.
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