Hip Hip Hooray! Have a parade for Kiwifruit!

Did you know the kiwi is also known as a Chinese Gooseberry? Neither did I! The kiwi is a furry little fruit with a sweet flavor and small, edible seeds. While the fruit originated in China, it was first commercially grown in New Zealand. Kiwifruit grow on vines, typically supported by a trellis.

  "Kiwifruit-Actinidia deliciosa-plantation" by Klingon. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -  Link

 

"Kiwifruit-Actinidia deliciosa-plantation" by Klingon. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -  Link

What can you do with a kiwi? Normally, the first item on the agenda is to eat the kiwi, but then we wouldn't have much of an activity for your kiddos, now would we?

So let's learn a little before we dive into that green goodness! Here's some interesting information to share with your kids:

The kiwifruit is cultivated in several countries, but we'll talk about New Zealand since it was the first country to commercialize the fruit. New Zealand is Australia's neighbor in the South Pacific. 

Image created by vectorolie of freedigitalphotos.net

Image created by vectorolie of freedigitalphotos.net

The people of New Zealand have nicknamed themselves "Kiwis." There's also a flightless bird named the Kiwi! It's starting to get confusing, so be sure to say "kiwifruit" when you mean that delicious fruit.

Another fun fact: The logo for the NZ Air Force is the Kiwi (bird). Being a flightless bird, it seems like an odd choice! The Lord of the Rings movies, favorites of older children and adults alike, were shot in New Zealand as well.

 Here's New Zealand's flag:

 

"Flag of New Zealand" by Zscout370 - Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -  Link

Activity:

A parade, New Zealand style:

Print the flag and cut it out. Using clear or masking tape, attach the flag to a ruler or other suitable "pole." Now you or your kids can proudly wave the New Zealand flag when eating kiwifruit! Maybe you can have an Olympics-style parade with the flag and kiwifruit from the fridge to the table to make eating fruit fun! If you really want to jazz it up, play the New Zealand national anthem

Feeling creative?:

For older children, help them make their own flag.

The good part, actually eating a kiwifruit:

Check out this Wikihow page for five different ways to eat a Kiwifruit. Who knew there was more than one?

However you slice it, kiwifruit can be a fun and educational snack!

Stay tuned for our next blog post. We'll talk a little more about the Kiwi bird.

Image found at pixgood.com

Image found at pixgood.com

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