Fresh Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia chinensis)
The kiwi plant (Actinidia chinensis – the Chinese gooseberry) is native to the Yangtze valley in Northern China and the Zhejiang province in Eastern China. It is a vigorous climbing plant. It has a centre starburst and a cluster of black seeds. A hairy skin covers the green flesh of the kiwi fruit.
In China, the fruit was unpopular and was only eaten for medicinal purposes as a tonic to the health. An eminent plant explorer, E. H. Wilson, shipped the first seeds from Asia to England, France and the U.S. in the early 1900s, where they were grown as ornamental vines.
The first seed lot was planted in 1906 and the ornamental vine was bred from then on for its crop of nutritious fruit, rather than for its decorative appearance. However, their commercial potential was not truly recognized until the 1960s in New Zealand. The name was given in the 1960s in recognition of the national bird of New Zealand, the kiwi. The fruits are egg-shaped, fuzzy and brown.
Kiwi fruits are full of vitamins and minerals, making them highly nutritious. They contain a very high level of vitamin C, exceeding that of oranges, as well as excellent levels of vitamins E and A. Their mineral content is exceptional, too. The high concentration of potassium may help wound healing.
Raw kiwi fruits contain an enzyme called actinidin and this acts to dissolve protein. Enzymes are an organic chemical substance made by living cells. They accelerate a chemical reaction without being used up in the process and are known as catalysts. Each enzyme is only capable of promoting one type of chemical reaction. All living cells contain a large number of different enzymes and are dependent on their activity for their normal functions. Enzymes are vital in all cellular processes and, for example, break down large molecules into smaller ones. They are indispensable to life.
The action of actinidin will break down protein-based, dead skin cells and dirt on the skin. This can then be removed, leaving the skin fresh and clean. The other vitamins and minerals in the fruit are highly nutritious for the skin. This cleansing and nourishing process is achieved by using the fruit fresh, mulched straight in to the product. The vitamin content greatly improves skin condition. We have used nutritious fresh kiwi fruit in our Vanilla Dee-Lite hand and body lotion to deeply nourish and produce a glowing fresh skin.
In our Ayesha Fresh Face Mask, kiwi fruit refreshes and cleanses the skin.
We have used fresh kiwi fruit in Miranda soap, which is excellent for cleansing the skin, leaving it feeling soft and refreshed.