Kiwi fruit is a nutritional berry fruit whose original name was Chinese gooseberry.
Today, we’ll look at some great kiwi fruit baby recipes for you but first some general information about this intriguing fruit.
This fruit originated from China but, when exported to New Zealand, it was renamed Kiwi in honor of its national bird which is the Kiwi bird.
It is an oval shaped fruit that is enclosed in a hairy, brown skin. It has tiny black seeds that look like small dots on the green flesh. Its seeds are so small and soft that they can’t harm your baby when ingested.
They resemble the meat of a dragon fruit in appearance. Dragon fruit’s meat is white, though. The skin of kiwi fruits has a tendency not to be contaminated by pesticides.
Kiwi Fruit Facts
This particular fruit is high in potassium (312mg) which aids in strengthening the cardiovascular system and regulates cholesterol levels.
It has Vitamin C (92.7mg in even higher amounts than present in oranges. Vitamin C is great for generally fight infections and boosting the immune system.
Vitamin C in kiwi also helps prevent colon cancer and there are reports that kiwi is very useful as well in dissolving fibroids.
Kiwi is a citrus fruit with a slightly sour taste. People with hyperacidity should tread carefully.
- Important note: Kiwi fruit is known to cause stomach pain because of its acid content so be careful of giving too much of it at once to your baby. Furthermore, kiwis can cause an allergic reaction called latex fruit syndrome. This is also present in avocado, papaya and bananas. It is wise to check your baby first to see if he will manifest any allergies to kiwi. And, as always, consult your baby’s pediatrician before introducing him to something like kiwi. It’s best to be cautious.
Kiwi also contains calcium (34mg), a mineral that helps protects bones from weakening and getting brittle.
The fiber in kiwi fruit aids in cleansing the colon and the whole digestive system which also helps in proper food absorption and bowel movement.
Kiwi fruit is also a great antioxidant with iron, vitamin K and folate.
Just imagine the nutritional benefits this fruit will give to your baby if you start incorporating kiwi fruit in their first solid foods.
Choosing and Storing Kiwi Fruits
Generally, kiwi fruit has brown skin so you can’t really tell when it is ripe or raw just based on its color. What to do is to press the fruit gently to check. If it feels like bouncing back and is a cross between hard and soft then it’s ripe. Hard pressure indicates raw while too soft is rotten.
If you happen to buy a raw kiwi, just leave it to ripen at room temperature away from direct heat or sunlight. You can also wrap kiwi along with bananas and apples to make it ripen quicker.
To maintain its ripeness, place the fruit inside the refrigerator and consume it within 2 weeks. Kiwi fruits are not recommended to be frozen.
Why Are Fresh Kiwi fruits More Nutritious Than Canned Ones?
Fresh kiwi fruit, especially if organic, provides nutritional health benefits at their finest and purest.
Canned fruits in general are loaded with preservatives that are not great for anybody’s health, even less for your own little one.
Kiwi Fruit Baby Food Recipes
- Important Note: Make sure you got a ripe kiwi before serving one to your baby as food. Better yet, taste it first because unripe ones taste awfully sour! Kiwi can be given to babies in their 8th month and onwards.
1) Kiwi Strawberry Puree
- ½ kiwi fruit (diced and peeled)
- 1 cup strawberries (diced and peeled)
- 1 cup water (distilled)
- ½ cup milk (whole or breast milk)
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until all is smooth
- Pour into a bowl and serve to baby
2) Fruit Salad
- ½ avocado (peeled and sliced)
- 1 small banana (peeled and sliced)
- ½ kiwi fruit (peeled and sliced)
- ½ cup pineapple juice (sweetened)
- Mash all ingredients in a bowl then add pineapple juice
- Serve immediately
3) Fruit Combo Smoothie
- ½ apple (peeled and sliced thinly)
- 1 small banana
- 1 small kiwi fruit (peeled and sliced)
- ½ pear (peeled and sliced)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ cup milk
- Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until a very smooth consistency is acquired
4) Kiwi Kokomo
- 1 cup apple juice
- 2 kiwi fruits (ripe and mashed)
- ½ medium sized papaya (peeled and sliced thinly)
- Place all into a blender or food processor then blend altogether until the mixture becomes yellow green
- Serve it cold to baby so he can enjoy a sort of tropical drink
5) Peach and Kiwi Dessert
- 2 kiwi fruits (ripe and peeled)
- 1 peach (sliced and peeled)
- Simply mash the kiwi and peach together and serve cold
- You can also bring it to a puree to get a smoothie consistency, refrigerate and serve cold
Whichever which way you try to give your precious little bundle of joy kiwi fruit, always remember that in order to achieve baby’s optimum enjoyment in weaning, you should always test the fruit with your own tongue as kiwi fruit tends to be sour even if it is properly ripe.
We hope we have been of some help in making your baby’s first food adventures more enjoyable and that you have enjoyed these kiwi fruit for baby recipes.
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