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"Slooping" a Kiwifruit - Photo by Matt Benton http://www.flickr.com/photos/z-two/4163146913/The easiest way to eat a kiwifruit is to SLOOP it! Cut the fruit in half and scoop the succulent flesh right out the skin.

An enzyme in the fruit could act as a meat tenderizer! Kiwifruit has high levels of papain, a protein-dissolving enzyme. Because of this, it cannot be cooked or used with dairy products. The enzyme breaks down the milkKiwifruit Beverage - Photo by Tawheed Manzoor http://www.flickr.com/photos/tawheedmanzoor/2304060537/ proteins and leaves an extremely bitter taste.

Kiwifruit are used in a wide variety of food dishes including salads, breads, desserts, beverages and even meat dishes.

Kiwifruit is considered the nutrition powerhouse. It is a very good source of Chinese Khan - Photo by David Schroeter http://www.flickr.com/photos/drs2biz/3745299797/vitamin C as well as potassium, calcium, iron, fiber, and Vitamins A and E.

Chinese khans (rulers) used to think kiwifruit was an aphrodisiac.

New Zealand produces and distributes 360 metric tons of kiwifruit  on average.

California - Photo by photologue_np via flickr.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/44313045@N08/6241491446/Along with many human medicinal purposes, the Chinese used the branches and leaves to treat mange (a skin disease) in a dog.

California is the only U.S. state that produces kiwifruit.

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