This delicately delicious fruit (also known as Chinese gooseberry) may be introduced into your baby’s diet at about 10 months. Kiwi fruit are not highly allergenic, though their slight acidity may result in rashes around the mouth, or nappy rashes if baby has a sensitive digestive system – in which case it may be better to wait until about 12 months of age.
Kiwi fruit are good for baby (and you)
Kiwi fruit are rich in dietary fibre to aid the digestive system, and antioxidants which strengthen the body’s ability to fight infection and disease. They are also a good source of vitamins A and C, and minerals, including potassium and folate.
Hints on buying and storing
- Varieties range from light golden to dark green in colouring – all are equally nutritious.
- Kiwi fruit are not among the ‘dirty dozen’, so not highly likely to be contaminated with pesticides.
- Choose fruit with no bruises or dents.
- Buy slightly firm fruit – soft ones are past their best.
- Store for 3-4 weeks in a refrigerator or 1 week in a cool kitchen.
- Very firm fruit will ripen in 1-2 days in a paper bag with a banana or apple.
Tips on cooking:
- Need no cooking.
- Peel, then slice to use as finger food or mash and serve alone or combined with other foods.
Ideas for ways of including kiwi fruit in your baby’s meals
- Mix with pureed apple, peach or pear.
- Add to mashed avocado.
- Add to cooked chicken.
Please remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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