Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kiwi or Kiwifruit?

Hello! It’s week five of the first month of our blog. Today we’ll talk about the West and West Coast and the flowers and vines you might find there. When I glanced over my list and further researched each item, kiwifruit stood out. Why?

First, I didn’t know the true name was kiwifruit. Kiwi is actually a nickname. My research further revealed that kiwifruit is grown on a vine, like a grape, and cultivated in a similar manner. Did you know kiwifruit is the most nutrient dense fruit? Kiwifruit is rich in vitamin C and potassium.

If you’re allergic to latex, you could be allergic to this fruit, because of its unique enzymes. Some of these enzymes break down milk and gelatin, so it is unsuitable for many desserts. Kiwifruit is great either raw or made into jam. Recipes are available at http://www.kiwifruit.org/recipes/
Christina, Betty, and I have learned a lot on our “plant” tour of the United States and we hope you have also. Now you know where to go when you need a flower for a bridal bouquet, fruit tree for a historical, or a strangling vine for a murder mystery. June will feature writing prompts, thoughts and ideas concerning weather so make sure to stop by each week and add to your creative wordlists. See you then!
Writing prompt for the week: He wrenched the kiwifruit from Anna's hand, and...

Flowers of the West
 Mountain heather
 Thistle sage
 Tolmie star-tulip
 Buttercup/Coyote’s eyes
 Rabbit brush
 Bitter root
 Mountain lady’s slipper

Western Flowering Vines and Parasitic Plants
Japanese Honeysuckle

Flowering Trees
Horse chestnut
Silk Tree/Mimosa
Indian bean tree
Judas tree
Flowering dogwood
Chinese lantern tree
Crape myrtle
Tulip tree
Southern magnolia
Crab apple
Japanese cherry

1 comment:

  1. A friend eats his kiwi unpeeled! I love the kiwi, but I prefer it peeled. I also did not know it was a vine fruit. But it does remind me of the passionfruit vines we had in Tennessee. Thanks for the info.